Visually impaired man had cash snatched

AN elderly man has been the victim of a cash snatch in a Hastings street.

The 83-year-old, who is almost blind, was withdrawing his pension money from the Post Office in Cambridge Road, just before 10.50am last Thursday (November 15), and was approached by a woman who engaged him in conversation.

She knew his name and suggested that they go for a cup of coffee together.

The victim can only see a matter of inches, and although he did not know her allowed her to escort him from the Post Office down Cambridge Road towards the town centre.

After a few yards the woman let go of his arm and started to walk ahead of him.

As she let go the victim has noticed that his wallet was no longer in his jacket pocket and he managed to grab hold of her arm to challenge her about this.

She denied taking the wallet but as she was doing this he took back the wallet.

The woman walked away towards the town centre and it is believed that about £170 was taken with the majority of that being £20 notes.

She is described as white, about 25, with brown hair, around 5ft 5ins, wearing a black puffa jacket, black leggings/trousers, and carrying a white bag over her shoulder.

Detective constable Robin Mitchell-Davis said: “This was a really nasty theft, which has left the victim very distressed. If you were in Cambridge Road last Thursday morning and saw what happened, or think you know who this woman might be, please call us as soon as possible via 1901 quoting Serial 0447 of 15/11. You can also call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously via 0800 555 111.”