Police hunt for ‘heartless and cruel’ robber in Sheffield

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Police are hunting a ‘heartless and cruel’ robber who dragged a Sheffield pensioner to the ground and ran off with her bags.

The crook robbed a 71-year-old woman as she was walking along a city street with her shopping.

Detectives investigating the incident, on Langsett Crescent, Hillsborough, said the terrified pensioner was grabbed from behind by a man and then dragged to the ground.

The pensioner, described by police as ‘vulnerable’, suffered a minor injury in the attack.

The robber stole her bags, which contained her shopping and the keys to her house.

Detective Constable Dean Craik, leading the hunt for the robber for South Yorkshire Police, said: “This was a heartless and cruel act against a vulnerable member of the public and we are working hard to identify the person responsible.

“The woman was unable to get into her home as her keys were in one of her bags.

“Thankfully she was not seriously injured but has been left very shaken.”

The robber struck at 6.30pm on Tuesday, February 3 and was last seen running off in the direction of Bamforth Street.

He was slim, around 5ft 6ins tall and was wearing a dark beanie type hat, a slim fitting dark jacket and dark coloured bottoms.

Detectives want to hear from witnesses or anyone in the area at the time of the robbery.

Call South Yorkshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 800 of February 3, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.