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Woman, 84, left with broken hip after street robbery in Norton

Witnesses are asked to call 101 Photo: PA

Police are appealing for witnesses after a robbery left an 84-year-old woman with a broken hip in Norton.

A male, who emerged from Cameron Street, passed the victim and 'wished her goodnight' before grabbing her bag and pulling it from her. The woman was pushed to the floor by the suspect, sustaining a broken hip. It happened on Greta Road shortly after 10pm on 2 October.

The victim laid injured for up to an hour before she was found. She needed surgery and remains at the University Hospital of North Tees.

The suspect made off towards Darlington Lane with the victim’s leather handbag containing a red purse with £30 inside, a bus pass and bingo dabbers. He is described as a white male, aged in his twenties.

“This incident has been distressing for the victim involved. It is heartless for someone to rob a lone, elderly woman who was on her way back from a rare evening out and leave her lying in the road, injured and in pain. “We are doing all we can to try to find the man responsible and would urge anyone with information regarding this incident to contact police.”

– Detective Sergeant Amy Campbell, from Stockton Operational Crime Team

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Constable Daniel Pattinson from Stockton Operational Crime Team on the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org.