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Man quizzed on bag snatch

Pamela Roddis who was left partially paralysed by a brain haemorrhage has died four days after a thief snatched her handbag.

Pamela Roddis who was left partially paralysed by a brain haemorrhage has died four days after a thief snatched her handbag.

Police investigating a bag snatch from a Sheffield pensioner who died four days later have made an arrest.

Pamela Roddis, aged 73, from Woodhouse in Sheffield, was on holiday in Bridlington when her bag was snatched by a passing cyclist.

She was so upset she cut short her holiday and returned to her home at Brunswick Gardens retirement village - but died four days later after suffering a brain haemorrhage.

Yesterday Humberside Police said a man had handed himself in after officers appealed for information about the incident and issued CCTV of the cyclist.

Police said they’d had a ‘huge response’ from members of the public.

A spokesman said: “A 32-year-old Bridlington man is in police custody for theft, following an appeal for help in the Bridlington area.

“An appeal for witnesses went out on Tuesday asking people to help officers identify a man shown in some CCTV footage.

“A 32-year-old man handed himself in to the police and is now under arrest.”

The spokesman added: “Thank you to everyone who contacted the police with information – it is truly appreciated.”

Pamela, who used to work as a receptionist at Rotherham Leisure Centre, loved Bridlington so much she went on holiday to the seaside town for a week every month.

Her relatives said she loved the resort, and were angry she was targeted while using a mobility scooter.

On Tuesday her brother Barry Neilson appealed for anyone with information to contact the police.

Pamela’s stepson, Mike Roddis, told The Star: “It is fantastic that the police have got someone in custody.”

 

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