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Ipswich – Man arrested in connection with robbery of woman in her 70s

Police investigating a robbery of a woman aged in her 70s in Ipswich earlier this month have arrested a man in connection with the incident.
The crime took place at around 7.35pm on Sunday 5 November in Victoria Street.

The victim, aged 79, had parked her car at the end of the road where it meets the pedestrian cobbled area outside the Westgate Ward Social Club.

She got out of her car and put her handbag over her shoulder and across her body when she was approached by a male who then grabbed hold of the bag. The suspect continued to pull at the bag resulting in the victim falling to the ground. He then forced the bag off her and ran off towards London Road.

Yesterday, Tuesday 21 November, officers investigating this offence arrested a 30-year-old man of no fixed abode on suspicion of robbery. He was questioned by detectives at Martlesham Police Investigation Centre and has been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

Detectives are continuing to try to trace four potential witnesses. One of these is believed to have walked past the victim’s car and the suspect just before the robbery takes place. They are described as: male, wearing trainers, black baggy trousers/jogging bottoms, a large black coat and a black baseball cap.

The other three people walked across Victoria Street moments after the incident. They came from the direction of the social club in Prospect Street and walked beside the Masons PH into Ainslie Road. They can be seen in CCTV footage of the robbery which was previously released by police.

The victim’s handbag has also still not been recovered. This is described as a non-leather brown bag, containing a phone in a glittery case, brown-framed bifocal glasses in a red case, and a brown purse with a zip in the middle and a trinket on the zip.
 
Any witnesses who may have seen a male in the area of the attack between 7.25pm and 7.45pm, or anyone with information about this crime, is asked to contact South CID at Landmark House on 101 quoting reference 71642/17, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Previous release | 7 November 2017

Police are appealing for witnesses and issuing CCTV footage after a woman aged in her 70s was robbed in Ipswich.

The incident took place at around 7.35pm on Sunday 5 November in Victoria Street.

The victim, aged 79, had parked her car at the end of the road where it meets the pedestrian cobbled area outside the Westgate Ward Social Club.

She got out of her car and put her handbag over her shoulder and across her body when she was approached by a male who then grabbed hold of the bag. The suspect continued to pull at the bag resulting in the victim falling to the ground. He then forced the bag off her and ran off towards London Road.

The suspect is described as a male wearing dark clothing.

The victim was left shaken and suffered soreness to her shoulder and arm following this attack. She was wearing a distinctive red coat which may have been memorable to any potential witnesses.

Detectives are issuing CCTV footage of the incident and appealing for any witnesses who may have seen a male in the area of the attack between 7.25pm and 7.45pm to come forward. In particular, they would like to trace three people seen on CCTV walking across Victoria Street moments after the incident. 

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact South CID at Landmark House on 101 quoting reference 71642/17, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Previous release | 10 November 2017

Detectives are renewing appeals for information and issuing a description of a witness they are trying to trace after a woman aged in her 70s was robbed in Ipswich.
The incident took place at around 7.35pm on Sunday 5 November in Victoria Street.

The victim, aged 79, had parked her car at the end of the road where it meets the pedestrian cobbled area outside the Westgate Ward Social Club.

She got out of her car and put her handbag over her shoulder and across her body when she was approached by a male who then grabbed hold of the bag. The suspect continued to pull at the bag resulting in the victim falling to the ground. He then forced the bag off her and ran off towards London Road.
The suspect is described as a male wearing dark clothing.

Officers investigating this incident have conducted numerous enquires this week, including reviewing hours of CCTV footage from the wider area near to where the crime occurred.

Following this work another potential witness has been identified. This person is believed to have walked past the victim’s car and the suspect just before the robbery takes place. They are described as a male, wearing trainers, black baggy trousers/jogging bottoms, a large black coat and a black baseball cap.

The victim’s handbag has also not been recovered. This is described as a non-leather brown bag, containing a phone in a glittery case, brown-framed bifocal glasses in a red case, and a brown purse with a zip in the middle and a trinket on the zip.  

Police are continuing to try to trace three people seen on CCTV walking across Victoria Street moments after the incident. They can be seen in footage of the robbery which was previously released by police.

Detective Chief Inspector Nick Power said: "This was a despicable and cowardly crime and we are appealing for anyone with information about it to come forward and help us to catch the person responsible.

"In addition to the three people who walked through the area shortly after the robbery, we now believe another person walked directly past the victim’s car and the suspect just moments before it occurred.

"This person in particular could provide us with vital information regarding the suspect and I am urging them, and anyone else who was in the area around the time of the incident on Sunday evening, to call us without delay.”

Any witnesses who may have seen a male in the area of the attack between 7.25pm and 7.45pm, or anyone with information about this crime, is asked to contact South CID at Landmark House on 101 quoting reference 71642/17, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Previous release | 14 November 2017

Detectives investigating a robbery of a woman aged in her 70s in Ipswich are continuing to appeal for information and are issuing further CCTV images, along with details of the route the suspect is believed to have taken before the attack.

The incident took place at around 7.35pm on Sunday 5 November in Victoria Street.

The victim, aged 79, had parked her car at the end of the road where it meets the pedestrian cobbled area outside the Westgate Ward Social Club.

She got out of her car and put her handbag over her shoulder and across her body when she was approached by a male who then grabbed hold of the bag. The suspect continued to pull at the bag resulting in the victim falling to the ground. He then forced the bag off her and ran off towards London Road.
The suspect is described as a male wearing dark clothing.

This weekend officers conducted checks in the vicinity of Victoria Street one week on from the incident, between 6pm and 9pm on Sunday 12 November. Over 100 members of the public were spoken to and leaflets with information about the robbery were handed out.

Officers have continued searching through CCTV footage from the wider area near to where the crime occurred and have identified two further images of the person who they believe to be the suspect. This person walked along London Road, into Surrey Road, turning right at the end into Prospect Street, then towards the social club and Victoria Street.

Detectives are also continuing to try to trace four potential witnesses. One of these is believed to have walked past the victim’s car and the suspect just before the robbery takes place. They are described as: male, wearing trainers, black baggy trousers/jogging bottoms, a large black coat and a black baseball cap.
 
The other three people walked across Victoria Street moments after the incident. They came from the direction of the social club in Prospect Street and walked beside the Masons PH into Ainslie Road. They can be seen in CCTV footage of the robbery which was previously released by police.

The victim’s handbag has also still not been recovered. This is described as a non-leather brown bag, containing a phone in a glittery case, brown-framed bifocal glasses in a red case, and a brown purse with a zip in the middle and a trinket on the zip. 

Detective Chief Inspector Nick Power said: “Our officers are following a number of lines of enquiry to identify the person responsible for this horrendous crime and I am certain that several people will have passed him on his way to commit the robbery.

“We are grateful to all the members of the public who took the time to speak with officers on Sunday, but we have still not yet traced those witnesses that we know were in the area immediately before and after the attack.

“I am urging anyone who believes they may have been in the area, or who has any information regarding the suspect, to contact us immediately.

Any witnesses who may have seen a male in the area of the attack between 7.25pm and 7.45pm, or anyone with information about this crime, is asked to contact South CID at Landmark House on 101 quoting reference 71642/17, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.