People intervene as woman tries to rob man in his 80s in Storrington

The public stepped in to help a man in his 80s in Storrington after a woman tried to rob him.

Wednesday, 24th February 2021, 12:14 pm

The elderly man had been outside a property in Manleys Hill when he was approached by a woman with a clipboard who appeared to be asking for donations, sad police. The incident happened just after midday yesterday, February 23.

A police spokesman said victim gave her a small quantity of cash, after which she tried to take a watch from his wrist.

He added: “A struggle ensued but the woman left the scene empty-handed after members of the public intervened. The victim suffered minor injuries.

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“The woman was described as white, aged between 20s and 35, with shoulder length brown hair. She was wearing glasses and an olive green coat, and left in the direction of High Street and School Hill.”

Police searched the area but were unable to find anyone, the spokesman said. He added: “Officers will be conducting high-visibility patrols in the area to deter and identify any further criminal behaviour.

“Anyone who witnessed the incident, or who may have any other information about what happened, is asked to contact police online or by calling 101 quoting serial 491 of 23/02.

“Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”