Brother’s appeal after Sheffield pensioner’s death

Pamela Roddis
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The brother of a Sheffield pensioner who died four days after her purse was snatched while she was on holiday on the East Coast has appealed for help to catch the culprit.

Pamela Roddis, aged 73, who lived at the Brunswick Gardens retirement village in Woodhouse, died from a brain haemorrhage in hospital less than a week after being targeted by a thief.

Her brother Barry Neilson, 62, said she had just been out to eat in Bridlington when her black shopping bag fell from her mobility scooter and was snatched by a passing cyclist.

It contained £300 in cash, her cards and her mobile phone.

Mr Neilson said: “It didn’t cause her death but it certainly didn’t help.

“This scumbag spoilt the last few days of her life. People steal for different reasons but stealing from the elderly and immobile is out of order.”

Mr Neilson said the stress of being left without money and bank cards upset his sister so much she came home to Sheffield.

“For the last 10 to 12 years she had gone to Bridlington every month for a week. She absolutely loved the place,” he added.

Pamela, a former receptionist at Rotherham Leisure Centre, was admitted to the Northern General Hospital on Wednesday teatime but passed away at 7.45pm the next day, having never regained consciousness.

Now Mr Neilson, from Doncaster, is appealing for help to catch the thief who targeted his sister on Sunday, January 26.

He said: “Somebody in Bridlington will certainly know who it is. The police have got CCTV and stills and somebody will recognise him or his bike.

“I would ask them to inform the police so he can be prosecuted.”

Appealing for information, PC Robert Brigham of Humberside Police said the theft could not be ‘evidentially linked’ to Mrs Roddis’ death but the stress and upset ‘may have contributed’.

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

He added: “Bridlington relies on holidaymakers, and we do not want this theft to tarnish our otherwise wonderful reputation for being a family-friendly seaside town.”