17 06 2008

Disabled man robbed in town centre by thug

16 June 2008

by Dave Burke

Dunstable Today


Police appeal for information after West Street attack

A man with cerebral palsy was grabbed and robbed in the centre of Dunstable by a cowardly thief brandishing a bottle of whiskey.

Although a Good Samaritan managed to retrieve the man’s stolen wallet, police are appealing for any information which can help catch the robber, who they fear may continue to prey on vulnerable victims.

The attack happened outside the HSBC bank in West Street at 11:20pm on Friday, June 6.

The victim, who is in his 40s, was grabbed from behind and dragged by his attacker, banging his head on nearby iron railings.

His wallet was stolen, but a pub doorman bravely chased the robber along High Street North and retrieved it. The thief managed to jump into a cab and escape.

The disabled man suffered a concussion as a result of the terrifying ordeal.

His attacker is described as black or mixed race, aged about 20, around 5ft 5ins tall and dishevelled looking. He was wearing a black tea-cosy style hat, a dirty beige jacket, dark trousers with side pockets and a gold neck chain. The thief was carrying a bottle of Jack Daniel’s.

This week PC Jenny Buckley, investigating, said: “Although the doorman managed to get the property back, it is important we apprehend the offender, who deliberately targeted a vulnerable victim.

“It is a very busy junction and we would urge anyone with information, or recognises the offender from the description, to get in touch.”

Anyone who can help police should contact PC Buckley, in confidence, on 01234 841212, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.




One response

18 06 2008

That is what robbers do, they look for someone who looks the most vulnerable. We shouldn’t be in shock and awe that the victim is in a wheelchair.

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