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Woman, 79, chases burglar who struck while she watered garden plants

Police have released images of a man they wish to trace after a 79-year-old woman was burgled while watering her plants.

The incident happened on Monday 4 September at around 6.35pm in Jasmine Road, Basford, Nottingham.

The victim went to refill her watering can to water her plants in the front garden when a burglar entered the house through the front door.

He stole a multi-coloured handbag with flowers on it. Inside was her purse with bank cards and around £80 cash.

She saw the man leaving her property and gave chase. He fled the scene in the direction of an alleyway in Jasmine Road.

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The 79-year-old victim said:

“Whilst filling my watering can I turned around from the sink and saw a man leaving my front door. I saw the man turn left and tried to chase after him.

“This happened within seconds. I didn’t even hear a thing. I couldn’t believe I had literally turned around and saw somebody leave with my handbag in his arms. I noticed the male run between an alleyway.

“I lost sight of the man at this point but there is an alleyway which just leads into some back gardens, so I presumed he had just gone jumping over gardens to make good his escape.

“When I got back inside my address, I realised my handbag had been taken from my living room chair. I have checked the rest of my address and don’t believe anything else has been taken.

“My handbag is a multi-coloured handbag with flowers on. It is my everyday bag which has a shoulder strap.

“My bag contained my purse which is a red envelope purse which had £80 of cash inside in notes. It also had my bank cards in it.”

The suspect is believed to be a white male of medium build, late 20s, and was around 5ft 10ins tall.

Detective Demi Robertson, who is leading the investigation, said:

“We know the immense impact that burglary can have on victims and therefore we will not stop until we have found the person responsible.

“We have carried out multiple lines of inquiry and would like to call on the public’s help.

“We have released some CCTV images of a man that could help us with our inquiries. Do you recognise the man in the pictures or are you the man in the pictures? Please get in touch with us as soon as possible.”

Anyone with information can call 101 quoting incident number 0720 of the 4th September 2023 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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