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Pensioner dies four days after Bridlington bag snatch

A pensioner has died four days after a thief snatched her bag as he cycled past her mobility scooter.

Police say they cannot "evidentially link" 73-year-old Pamela Roddis' death to the incident in Bridlington, East Yorkshire.

Police want to speak to the man on the bike

But officers believe the "stress and upset of the theft may have contributed to her deterioration in health".

Humberside Police said Ms Roddis, who is from Sheffield, was on her mobility scooter outside the Gala Club on the promenade in the resort when a cyclist rode past her and took her black shopping bag containing £300 in cash and her mobile phone on January 26.

A force spokesman said Ms Roddis was so shaken by the theft that she cut her holiday short and returned to Sheffield the next day.

She died on January 30 of a brain haemorrhage.

Pamela Roddis

The spokesman said: "Although her ordeal in Bridlington cannot be evidentially linked to her death, Pc Robert Brigham (the investigating officer) and her brother, Barry Neilson, believe the stress and upset of the theft may have contributed to her deterioration in health."

Ms Roddis holidayed regularly in Bridlington, staying at various guest houses for one week at a time every month for the past 10 years Pc Brigham said: "I have located two CCTV stills of a man on a bike I would very much like to speak to in connection with the theft of the handbag.

"It was sad to hear Ms Roddis had passed away back in Sheffield, before I could identify her offender and bring him to justice.

"Now I must do so for her family in order for them to grieve.

"I have spoken to her immediate family and passed on our condolences, not just from the police force, but on behalf of Bridlington.

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"Pamela Roddis chose for the past 10 years to holiday with us for a week at a time every month, and her very last visit to our seaside town, she was left shaken, upset and saddened.

"In Ms Roddis' memory, I need the public to help identify the cyclist shown in the CCTV, who I believe can help me with my inquiries."

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Purrfect way to ride round Britain

When a former army tank commander decided to embark on a charity marathon journey round Britain's coastline on his mobility scooter, he realised he'd probably need some company

But Mark Newton, who is from Swansea, didn't need to look too far because his two cats Missie and Smudge have been with him every mile of the way.

This week he arrived in Scarborough and Sarah Clark has been to meet him.

Round Britain trip on a mobility scooter

A former soldier is travelling from Scarborough to Bridlington this week as part of his journey around the country on a mobility scooter with his two cats inside his trailer to raise money for the RNLI.

Mark Newton, who is from Swansea, has already completed 20,000 miles on his epic low speed journey - at 8mph. He set out on April 7th last year.

Former soldier's round-the-UK charity scooter trek

Mark Newton on his modified mobility scooter
Mark Newton on his modified mobility scooter Credit: ITV Yorkshire

A former soldier, who is circumnavigating the country with his two cats on an 8mph electric scooter, has reached the Yorkshire coast.

Mark Newton's journey has already taken him more than 20,000 miles, after he set off from Loch Gilphead in Scotland last April.

And his epic low-speed trip has raised more than £16,000 for army charities including Help for Heroes and the SSAFA and the RNLI.

Mr Newton, who is from Swansea, retired from the Army in 1991 after he injured his leg while on duty with the UN in Cyprus.

Mark Newton
Mark Newton Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The former tank driver, who sleeps with his two cats in a small trailer pulled by his modified mobility scooter, is visiting every RNLI lifeboat house in the country.

Mr Newton and his cats, who are happy to be walked on a lead when he stops, was met at Scarborough Lifeboat station by about 75 members of the Royal British Legion riders' branch, who were in the town for an annual meeting.

He will continue driving south to Bridlington, via Filey on Wednesday. He intends to finish his journey on August 24.

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Bridlington man wins Atlantic rowing challenge

A Bridlington man has battled against extremes in physical and mental exhaustion to row the Atlantic in an endurance race dubbed "the world's toughest".

Mike Burton and teammate Tom Salt were the first team across the finish line in Antigua today, more than a month and 3,000 miles after setting off from La Gomera in the Canary Islands at the end of last year.

Bridlington man wins world's 'toughest' rowing race

A Bridlington man has battled against extremes in physical and mental exhaustion to row the Atlantic in an endurance race dubbed "the world's toughest".

Mike Burton and teammate Tom Salt were the first team across the finish line in Antigua today, more than a month and 3,000 miles after setting off from La Gomera in the Canary Islands at the end of last year.

Mike Burton (right) and Tom Salt won the Talisker Whiskey Challenge Credit: taliskerwhiskeychallenge.com

Rowing in shifts of two hours on, two hours off, 53-year-old Burton and 30-year-old Salt, who make up Team Locura, competed in the arduous race to raise money for the Generous Hearts Foundation.

They completed the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge in 40 days, two hours, 38 minutes and 54 seconds.

Mr Burton met Mr Salt in 2010 when they competed in the same crew of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race and finished in fourth place.

The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge saw 16 teams from around the world start the race on December 4 from the Canary Islands. With two teams airlifted to safety following capsizes and one team rescued by a passing carrier ship, only 13 teams remain in the world's toughest rowing race.

The remaining teams are expected to arrive in Antigua over the next week.

The teams' progress can be followed here.

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