Sheffield woman dies four days after Bridlington bag snatch

CCTV and Pamela Roddis Image copyright Humberside Police
Image caption Police have released a CCTV image of a cyclist they want to speak to in connection with the theft of a bag from Pamela Roddis

A 73-year-old woman died four days after a thief snatched her bag as he cycled past her mobility scooter.

Pamela Roddis, from Sheffield, was robbed of £300 cash and her mobile phone on 26 January, while on a break in Bridlington, East Yorkshire.

She died from a brain haemorrhage on 30 January, Humberside Police said.

Officers said they and Ms Roddis's family believed the stress and upset may have contributed to a decline in her health.

Ms Roddis holidayed regularly in Bridlington, staying at various guest houses for one week at a time every month for the past 10 years.

She was so shaken by the theft that she cut her holiday short and returned to Sheffield the next day.

Police have issued two CCTV images of a cyclist they want to speak to in connection with the theft.

A police spokesman said: "Although her ordeal in Bridlington cannot be evidentially linked to her death, PC Robert Brigham, the investigating officer, and her brother, Barry Neilson, believe the stress and upset of the theft may have contributed to her deterioration in health."

PC Brigham said: "It was sad to hear Ms Roddis had passed away back in Sheffield before I could identify her offender and bring him to justice.

"Now I must do so for her family in order for them to grieve."

Ms Roddis' brother Barry Neilson appealed for the offender to hand himself in.

Mr Neilson said the theft had "ruined the last few days of her life."

"She was on a mobility scooter, she was elderly, an invalid," he said.

"People don't steal off invalids and elderly people.

"To me the lad is a scumbag."

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