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Wheelchair pensioner in 'terrifying' robbery incident

The incident happened on Whitegate in Egremont, near West Lakes Academy Photo: ITV Border

Two men from Egremont have been arrested after stealing an elderly woman's jewellery from around her neck, causing her to fall out of her wheelchair.

It happened at the woman's home in the town on Whitegate at 9.25pm yesterday morning.

The two offenders knocked on the door and entered the property, demanding money from the 81-year-old woman before snatching a gold chain from her neck.

The woman fell out of her wheelchair as the men ran off, causing her minor injuries.

The men, aged 23 and 22, have been arrested on suspicion of robbery and are detained for questioning.

The Detective Chief Inspector of West Cumbria CID, said:

We would like the public’s help with our investigation.

This was a terrifying incident for the victim and I’m sure the public would share our disgust that anyone would do this to an elderly person.

If you have any information, no matter how insignificant you may deem it, please do not hesitate to get in touch.”

– Roy Ledinghamm, Detective Chief Inspector, West Cumbria CID

Anyone with any information should call 101 quoting incident number 228 of 22 December or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.