Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Boys steal disabled woman's pension in Southampton

A disabled woman was taken to hospital suffering shock after she was robbed of her pension by four boys in Hampshire.

The 69-year-old had parked her mobility scooter outside the Post Office in High Road, Southampton, on Tuesday morning.

As she left, she was approached by the four teenage boys who pulled her handbag from her shoulder and ran off towards Portswood.

When police arrived at her home the woman fell ill and was treated at hospital before being released.

'Despicable crime'

The stolen bag, which was a black leather handbag with two zips on the front, contained a photograph of her late husband, taken a week before he died.

It also contained £130 in cash within a snap fastening black leather purse, a red pump spray for angina and a orange electric key and blue gas card, both with £10 credit.

Pc Alex Bowman said: "This is a despicable crime carried out against a vulnerable disabled woman.

"I would urge anyone with any information... to come forward and help us in our attempt to return these items including precious photographs, to the victim and bring the perpetrators to justice."

The four offenders are described as aged 14 to 15 years old, with one wearing a white hooded top, one a grey hooded top and two navy or black hooded tops. They were all about 5ft 3 inches tall.

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