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Primrose Hill pensioner, 94, robbed by cowards

PUBLISHED: 11:00 23 July 2009 | UPDATED: 16:19 07 September 2010

A 94-year-old man was taken to hospital after being robbed of a paltry £55 by two men posing as Good Samaritans. Great-grandfather of two, Victor Stone, of Primrose Hill, has branded his attackers as cowards . After pretending to help him into his flat

A 94-year-old man was taken to hospital after being robbed of a paltry £55 by two men posing as Good Samaritans.

Great-grandfather of two, Victor Stone, of Primrose Hill, has branded his attackers as 'cowards'.

After pretending to help him into his flat on King Henry's Road at around 5.30pm on Monday, they roughly held his arms behind his back and rifled through his clothes looking for cash.

Luckily for him the spineless robbers accidentally triggered his Careline alarm, which he had been wearing around his neck, and fled before they could get their hands on anything other than the £55 hidden in his trousers. Mr Stone said: "One managed to get my keys and opened my door and I thought he was being helpful. I thanked him and went to close the door but they pushed in.

"Then I knew I was in difficulties, I have had bogus callers before and I always managed to get rid of them but these two were thugs and that's that.

"I could not even struggle against them. I could not fight them. I just said, 'tell me what you want and I will give it to you'.

"I had hidden the money in my trousers but one dug around until he found it. In the course of pushing me around he managed to set off my alarm. All of a sudden there was this voice through the intercom saying 'Are you all right Mr Stone? Are you in trouble?' They did not realise what it was."

Realising there was a problem the Careline operator called 999 immediately.

Mr Stone, who worked in the London Rescue Service during the Second World War, said: "They got £55 off me. I know there is lots of unemployment but that should not turn people into thugs. It is pathetic. The problem is that elderly people are easy targets. It is cowardly. There is no humanity. They don't give a damn what they do. But I shall carry on with my life as normal."

Police have appealed for help in tracking down the criminals.

Det Insp Gary Randall said: "This was a cowardly crime on an elderly gentleman who was left physically shaken and extremely upset. Anyone who may have seen or heard anything is asked to call police to help us find those responsible for this crime."

Anyone with information can call Camden Police on 020 7404 1212 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Ben McPartland


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