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Man arrested in connection with Norwich robberies

Police have arrested a man in connection with the robberies Credit: Norfolk police

Detectives investigating a number of robberies and thefts in Norwich have arrested a man in connection with the incidents.

The robberies took place between 30 October and 15 November, where a number of elderly women have been robbed of their handbags at various locations in the city.

The man, aged in his 40s, is being questioned by police.

Robber targeting elderly victims in Norwich

Police are linking robberies at these locations. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Police in Norwich are linking a series of robberies where thieves seem to be targeting elderly people.

They have struck five times just this month with their victims ranging from in their 70s to their 90s.

In a number of cases, the thief was riding a bike.

  • Friday November 3, around 9.55am, a woman aged in her 80s was robbed of her red shopping bag by a man riding a bike in Brightys Opening.
  • Saturday November 11, just before 1.30pm, a 72-year-old woman, who was standing at a bus stop in Margaret Paston Avenue, had her handbag stolen by a man who was riding a bike.
  • Monday November 13, sometime between 9.45am and 10.05am, a man riding a bike stole a bag from a woman, aged in her 90s, in Distillery Square.
  • Tuesday November 14, around 4.40pm in Ampthill Street, a woman in her 70s was robbed of her handbag.
  • Wednesday November 15, around 12.50pm, close to the Belvedere Community Centre on Belvoir Street, a woman aged in her 70s had her bag stolen by a man riding a bike.

Officers are also linking those thefts to others around the city.

"These are despicable crimes committed by an individual targeting the most vulnerable.

"I would encourage people, especially elderly residents, to be vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour to police."

– Det Con Emma Gray, Norfolk Police

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Norwich MP accused of 'groping' a woman at party conference

Clive Lewis MP. Credit: PA

Norwich South Labour MP Clive Lewis is the latest politician to face accusations of 'groping' a woman, according to The Independent.

It says the former front bencher is being investigated by his party after a woman complained her backside had been squeezed by Mr Lewis when he greeted her at the recent Labour Party conference.

Mr Lewis has already issued a denial to her claims saying that's not the way he conducts himself.

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