Screaming woman, aged 92, dragged along by hooded robber

A screaming 92-year-old woman is shown being dragged along the ground during a "devastating" robbery in England.

Police have released footage of a hooded man following the victim as she walked down a street in Hackney, east London, on Tuesday.

The man then grabs her handbag, pulling the elderly victim to the floor and she is dragged along as the thief struggles to escape with her belongings.

Detectives said the woman was in so much pain she eventually let go of her bag.

Detective Inspector Paul Ridley from Hackney CID, who is leading the investigation, said: "I have been involved in many serious cases, however the devastating psychological trauma of this victim is possibly the worse I have encountered.

"I cannot comprehend how anyone could target a frail lady in her 90s using this amount of violence, it is truly horrific.

"We have clear CCTV of the attacker. All I need is a name. There are a team of officers on standby ready to arrest him."

Officers said the handbag contained a £50 mobile phone, £100 cash and a travel pass.

The woman was heading to the Lawson Medical Centre in Nuttall Street after posting a letter when the thief struck at around 2.40pm.

The suspect, described as a black man with short black hair and wearing a blue hoodie, ran into the alleyway by the medical centre and turned right, heading north, in Hoxton Street.

Anyone with information is asked to call police in England on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.


More in this Section

Mike Pompeo says US will wait for inquiry before acting on missing journalist

US downgrades its Jerusalem mission to Palestinians

Husband and wife swingers dubbed the 'Fred and Rose West of Barry' jailed for sexually abusing girls

Everything you need to know about the Brexit talks so far


Breaking Stories

David Beckham admits marriage is ‘hard work’: Is it normal for long-term relationships to be tough?

On World Menopause Day: 5 myths you really need to stop believing

Photography awards capture life at its wildest

This is how to stay healthy as a new parent – according to The Body Coach

More From The Irish Examiner