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Heartless robbers mug woman, 94, in Hampstead

PUBLISHED: 10:20 24 December 2008 | UPDATED: 15:44 07 September 2010

A 94-year-old woman became the latest victim of heartless robbers in Hampstead when she was mugged in broad daylight. The pensioner was targeted in Lyndhurst Terrace – a quiet residential street near Finchley Road – in the middle of the afternoon. The vic

A 94-year-old woman became the latest victim of heartless robbers in Hampstead when she was mugged in broad daylight.

The pensioner was targeted in Lyndhurst Terrace - a quiet residential street near Finchley Road - in the middle of the afternoon.

The victim's necklace was wrenched off after two suspects approached her.

She is the latest vulnerable woman to be mugged. A pregnant woman was robbed by two men in nearby Adamson Road last month.

Det Con Natalie Wood, from Camden's robbery squad, said: "This was a heartless theft from a vulnerable lady and we appeal for anyone who may have seen or heard anything to contact us.

"We would urge the public to always be aware of their surroundings when they are out and try to stay in well-populated areas."

The mugging - at 2.30pm on Monday December 15 - has shocked residents in the normally quiet road.

One woman, who asked not to be named, said: "It's shocking and makes me scared to go out."

Another resident, Michael Laurence, added: "You don't often get incidents like this around here.

"It would be impossible for the police to protect every elderly person."

Staff at Age Concern's Henderson Court Resource Centre in Fitzjohn's Avenue were also surprised.

Laurie White, manager of the centre which provides support for the elderly, said: "It is shocking such a thing like this has happened and it is sad that a society gets to such a point when the most vulnerable are getting picked upon.

"The local police team do come and visit us every so often to give advice like avoid dark places and not make it obvious what you are carrying. We also encourage people to carry personal alarms."

Janine Griffis, chairwoman of the Camden Community and Police Consultative Group, said: "The targeting of vulnerable people, especially pregnant woman or the elderly, does seem to be something that is happening in Hampstead.

"Arrests are made but then new culprits appear. It is very disturbing. It does increase the fear of crime but we are anxious to put it in perspective because most people are safe walking the streets of Hampstead."

Anyone with information is asked to call Camden Police on 020-7404 1212 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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