Detectives appear on Crimewatch after elderly lady was robbed of walking frame in Warrington Date published: 4th March 2019 10.42am

Detectives investigating the robbery of an elderly woman's walking frame in Warrington have today (Monday 4 March) appeared on Crimewatch to appeal for information. 

Detective Constable Rob Thorpe spoke live on the BBC programme along with the victim, 80-year-old Elizabeth Clutterback, to urge witnesses to come forward.

It was between 5.30pm and 5.40pm on Sunday 30 September 2018 when Elizabeth was approached by a man as she walked with a wheeled walking frame along Whitecross Road in Bewsey and Whitecross.

The man pushed her to the ground and stole her walking aid as well as her purse and handbag. 

The walker, silver in colour with three wheels and yellow tape on the centre bar and two side bars, was found nearby by officers. 

The ladies purse, described as black faux leather with two straps on the outside contained a pink post office card, a bus pass and a small amount of cash.

Her handbag is described as an oatmeal canvas bag with a photo of a black Jack Russell on the front.  

Speaking after the programme, Detective Sergeant Mark Naylor, of Warrington CID, said: “This was a cruel and horrible crime on a vulnerable lady who was understandably left shaken and we are still determined to find the person responsible but we need the public's help.

"I hope hearing Elizabeth and DC Thorpe on Crimewatch will have jogged people's memory to come forward with information - no matter how small. 

“I would also like to take this opportunity to urge the man who stole the walking frame to do the right thing and get in touch." 

A 19-year-old local man was arrested on suspicion of robbery and has since been released with no further action. 

Please call Cheshire Police on 101, quoting IML 199465, give details via https://cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.