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Theft victim too scared to shop in Stamford after her purse was stolen in High Street and had about £1,000 taken

A 93-year-old woman has been left too frightened to come to Stamford after falling victim to purse thieves.

The woman, who was targeted in High Street, had her purse stolen and then about £1,000 taken from her bank accounts by the criminals.

She had been a regular visitor to Stamford when her husband was alive, and since he died less than a year ago, she has continued to try to do things on her own.

High Street, Stamford
High Street, Stamford

Her daughter, Alison Loader, who lives in a Rutland village close to her mum, described the theft as ‘horrendous’.

“She now won’t go to Stamford. The police told us it was a gang from Birmingham who come into Stamford quite regularly.

“We need everyone need to be aware that vulnerable people are being targeted.

“A police presence would not go amiss. It doesn’t seem beyond the wit of man to want to fight back.”

Alison’s mother had £500 stolen from one bank card, and sums of £300 and £200 taken from two others.

Although the money will be restored to the accounts through the banks, Alison points out that the crime is not victimless.

“The gang took more than £1,000 from mum and if you multiply that by the four people who also reported they had their purses stolen that day, it’s quite a substantial crime.

“We have to be the eyes and ears of the vulnerable. Mum feels so scared and says she can’t go out again, and feeling this way is a slippery slope because she could lose so much of her life. She doesn’t like to be stuck at home”

Alison, whose husband Sir Clive is the former police and crime commissioner for Leicestershire and Rutland Police, said alongside an increased police presence in Stamford High Street on market days, public awareness should be raised through

“We need everyone to keep an eye out and if someone sees something, not to turn a blind eye but report it. We must not let people get away with this.

“There will have been others. Mum is not the only one that this has happened to.”

The Mercury has approached Lincolnshire Police about the possibility of increasing patrols and as we went to press yesterday, police had not responded to our enquiries.

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