OAP fears after man mugged for £4

PENSIONERS in an Essex town are too scared to leave their homes at night in the wake of an attack on an elderly man who was mugged for just £4, it has been claimed.

PENSIONERS in an Essex town are too scared to leave their homes at night in the wake of an attack on an elderly man who was mugged for just £4, it has been claimed.

Tendring Pensioners Action Group hit out after the man was left with cuts to his face after being attacked by two men on a motorbike.

The 69-year-old was walking along Old Road near to its junction with Knox Road in Clacton when a dark-coloured bike came alongside him.

The driver then got off the bike and grabbed the OAP and forced him to turn out his pockets, stealing the money and a leather cigarette pouch and lighter.


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The thug then punched the man in the head, leaving him with a cut, before the pair made off in the direction of London Road.

Last night, Gordon Beare, chairman of the action group, said people were afraid to go out at night and some were even reluctant to leave their homes during the day.

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“Attacks are not just happening at night, people have been having their purses stolen during the day and we have had people in the High Street having their purses stolen in broad daylight.

“There was a case where a man was walking his dog and he was assaulted by a group of youths.

“This has been ongoing for sometime now. There is something seriously wrong if old people are being attacked like this and I would say people are certainly fearful about the situation.”

Police have issued descriptions of the muggers and have asked for witnesses to contact them.

The driver, who spoke with a local accent, was white, about 6ft tall, of medium build with a dark beard. He was wearing a dark crash helmet, dark jacket and trousers and was possibly wearing glasses. His passenger was slim and also wore dark clothing.

The attack happened at about 4pm on Monday and anyone with information about the mugging or who saw the motorbike in the moments leading up to attack should contact Pc Grant Jarmain at Clacton police station on 01255 221312 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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