Great grandmother left covered in blood in robbery outside her Sheffield flat

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A great grandmother from Sheffield was left covered in blood after being knocked to the ground by a robber who lay in wait and pounced outside her flat.

A great grandmother from Sheffield was left covered in blood after being knocked to the ground by a robber who lay in wait and pounced outside her flat.

Doreen Coopland, aged 82, was targeted in the communal area of a block of flats in Greenland View, Darnall, by a man who pushed her to the ground and stood over her as he ripped her handbag from around her neck.

Mrs Coopland, a retired nurse, suffered a wound to her head in the attack and needed stitches.

She was discharged from hospital but had to return for a further check-up later that day after collapsing.

Her holiday spending money - around £150 - was stolen by the robber.

Now her family is calling for Sheffield Council to install CCTV in the block of flats.

A petition has been launched calling for improved security.

Mrs Coopland, who has 25 grandchildren and great grandchildren, said: "I am angry that somebody would do this and I want him caught before he does it again.

"I have lived here for four years and have always loved it. He will not drive me away."

Her partner, Sam Sullieman, 78, tried to grab the robber but was pushed out of his way.

"He had been asking people for money in the days before this so they need to find him because what will he do next?" he asked.

Mrs Coopland's grandson, Tom Fearnley, 27, said the robber is believed to have been a man who was spotted hanging around the flats over a number of days leading up to the robbery.

"There are security doors at the entrance to the flats but there is nothing to stop people sneaking when people are going in or out," he said.

"When my nan was robbed she said the man responsible was sat on the steps in the communal entrance - either waiting for her or someone else.

"He probably saw her handbag and thought that she would be an easy target because the next thing my nan knew is that she was pushed over into the lift, causing her to smash her head against it.

"There was blood pouring from her and this man just stood right over her and grabbed the bag from around my nan's neck before running off without a care for what injuries he had caused."

He said a number of vulnerable residents live in the flats near his nan.

"These are elderly, vulnerable people who deserve to feel safe in their homes. They should not feel frightened to leave their flats to go to do their shopping, so CCTV would make the world of difference to them," added Mr Fearnley.

He said his nan was now 'shaken up, upset and scared'.

"People who do things like this are just low lives - how could anyone push an old lady to the ground and leave her covered in blood? I just wish there had been a CCTV cameras as it might have made it easier for the police to catch him."

A Sheffield Council spokeswoman said: “This was a despicable act on an elderly lady and we’d urge anyone with information to contact the police by calling 101. We will be reviewing the security arrangements at the Greenland estate.”

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman added: "Officers investigating the incident have recovered the woman’s handbag and are continuing to carry out enquiries to identify the man involved.

"The man is described as white, around 25-years-old, 6ft tall, slim, with blond hair. He is also said to have been wearing a blue jumper."

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting incident number 535 of 27 May 2017.

Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.