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Thief runs off with woman's purse as she helps stranger hit by a car

A woman had her purse stolen after rushing to help a stranger who was hit by a car.

The cold-hearted thief took the wallet from a plastic bag which Ilona Alisauskaite dropped by the roadside as she went to help Asha Sadnani.

Ilona, 31, dashed to stop the bleeding after seeing Asha get hit by the car in Barking, east London.

It all happened so fast. The car hit her, and I went to her and phoned the ambulance.

They said I couldn't put the phone down and told me to hold her head to stop it bleeding.

When the police came, I looked around for my plastic bag and a lady said a man had taken it.

– Ilona Alisauskaite

Asha, from Barking, escaped with minor injuries and has thanked Waitrose worker Ilona for her help.

She was there for me, she called the ambulance and tried to keep me awake.

I think it's absolutely disgusting that her purse was taken.

– Asha Sadnani

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Residents told to keep windows and doors closed

Ten fire engines and 72 firefighters and officers are tackling a fire at a range of shops on Yorkton Street in Hackney.

Thick black smoke from the fire can be seen from miles and residents are advised to keep their windows and doors closed if affected.

Firefighters from Soho, Islington, Holloway, Shoreditch, Homerton, Bethnal Green, Whitechapel, Tottenham and Poplar fire stations are at the scene.

The Brigade was called at 1301. The cause of the fire is not known at this stage.

– London Fire Brigade
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