Ilfracombe pensioner gives chase to handbag thief

AN Ilfracombe woman in her 80s gave chase when a man stole her handbag on Monday evening, but was unable to catch him. Police are seeking witnesses to the incident just off Ilfracombe High Street at around 6pm. They are keen to speak to anyone who may hav

AN Ilfracombe woman in her 80s gave chase when a man stole her handbag on Monday evening, but was unable to catch him.

Police are seeking witnesses to the incident just off Ilfracombe High Street at around 6pm. They are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen the woman chasing the man along the High Street near to the Arches and Springfield Road.

The woman was at home at the time and had placed her handbag on the top step of her property and briefly turned her back to move a recycling box ready for the morning. When she turned back her handbag had been taken.

She looked down the street and saw a man running down the road towards the High Street. The plucky pensioner gave chase shouting 'stop that man,' but lost him.


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The suspect is described as being white, aged 20 to 30 years old and of athletic build.

Anyone with any information is asked to call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 quoting crime reference CI/09/1136

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