Mugger injures 83-year-old Exeter woman in bag robbery
An elderly woman suffered a suspected broken leg and cuts to her face after she was shoved to the ground by a handbag thief in broad daylight.
The robbery happened between 9.30am and 10am yesterday morning in Willey's Avenue, off Alphington Road, Exeter.
The victim, an 83-year-old woman, had just got off a bus and was walking home when she was approached by a stranger who pushed her to the floor and stole the contents of her handbag.
A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said the woman suffered a suspected fractured femur and lacerations to her face and head. She was taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital for treatment.
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The spokesman said police are keen to identify a young man who was in the area at the time and was seen on a pedal cycle – possibly a BMX-type bike.