84-Year-Old Woman Suffers Broken Hip During Robbery in Norton

Police are appealing for witnesses to a robbery during which an 84-year-old woman suffered a broken hip in Norton.

The incident happened shortly after 10pm on Monday 2nd October as the victim made her way along Greta Road towards Ragworth Road.

A male emerged from Cameron Street and passed the victim and wished her good night before grabbing her bag and pulling it from her. The woman tried to keep hold of her bag and was pushed to the floor by the suspect, sustaining a broken hip.

The suspect made off towards Darlington Lane with the victim’s leather handbag containing a red purse with £30 in cash inside, a bus pass and bingo dabbers.

The victim laid injured for up to an hour before she was found. She underwent surgery yesterday, Tuesday 3rd October, and remains at the University Hospital of North Tees undergoing treatment.

The suspect is described as a white male, aged in his twenties wearing a grey hooded top with the hood pulled up.
Detective Sergeant Amy Campbell, from Stockton Operational Crime Team, said: “This incident has been distressing for the victim involved. It is heartless for someone to rob a lone, elderly woman who was on her way back from a rare evening out and leave her lying in the road, injured and in pain.

“We are doing all we can to try to find the man responsible and would urge anyone with information regarding this incident to contact police.”

Any witnesses to the incident or anyone with information regarding the man responsible is asked to contact Detective Constable Daniel Pattinson from Stockton Operational Crime Team on the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org.