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Purse theft adds insult to injury after fall

Pensioner Josephine Hayre, from Stamford, who had her purse stolen from her handbag while staying at Peterborough City Hospital.
Photo: MSMP211213-012ow

Pensioner Josephine Hayre, from Stamford, who had her purse stolen from her handbag while staying at Peterborough City Hospital. Photo: MSMP211213-012ow

A pensioner had her Christmas ruined by a callous thief who stole her purse from her handbag after she had a fall.

Josephine Hayre, 78, of Drift Gardens, Stamford, checked in to Peterborough City Hospital on Monday last week after falling over at home.

Being injured so close to Christmas was not ideal, but to make matters worse Josephine discovered on Monday night that her purse had been taken from her handbag.

She doesn’t know exactly when her purse disappeared, but believes it was secure in her handbag before she was taken to the hospital in an ambulance.

She said: “The purse had about £70 in it. I got some money out for Christmas in case I needed it.”

And it is not only the money that will be missed. There were personal items in the purse as well.

Josephine, who came out of hospital on Wednesday last week, said: “I had a photo of my daughter from a few days before she died.

“They can keep the money but I want that photo back.”

Josephine got in touch with the Mercury after seeing last week’s front page, with police warning people to keep their valuable safe.

Josephine said: “I saw your front page about not letting thieves ruin your Christmas. Well, they’ve ruined mine.”

She added: “When the ambulance is coming for you, you don’t think of things like keeping an eye on your valuables.

“The only time my handbag was out of my sight was when I went to the bathroom and for a head scan.”

Josephine reported the theft to police, who are investigating.

Any witnesses are asked to call them on 101.

 

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