Woman, 90, fends off city muggers

Published Monday, 18 February 2013
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An elderly woman has fended off two men who attempted to steal her handbag in Belfast city centre.

Woman, 90, fends off city muggers
The 90-year-old woman fended off her city centre attackers. (© Pacemaker)

The woman, 90, was approached by the men at Donegall Place on Monday at 12.30pm.

They attempted to snatch her bag, and she fell to the ground - but managed to hold onto to her possessions.

Both men ran off empty-handed towards the City Hall.

The brave woman was taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital where she was treated for an injury to her face.

Her attackers are believed to be in their late teens or early 20s. The first man was about 5ft tall with brown hair and was wearing a baseball cap, a hooded top and blue jeans. The other was about 5ft 10ins tall and had blond hair. He was wearing a baseball cap and a T-Shirt.

Police are appealing for information.

© UTV News
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lucylou in belfast wrote (428 days ago):
VEE in belfast=====I on 2 separate occassions had cars stoloen and wrecked by 'JOY RIDERS' I certainly dont blame the police!! I blame the people who did it! Neither do I expect police to be endowed with second sight enabelling them to know when and where every offence is going to take place just as i'm sure you would not have known in advance what was going to happen to you when you had that horrible experience. I don't blame myself for not knowing that JOY RIDERS would be taking cars from outside my home [both fitted with alarms] Police cannot be everywhere all the time and if they were Ican already hear the outcry about living in a repressive police state.I just wish people would lay the blame where it lies ===WITH THOSE WHO CARRY OUT THE CRIME!!!
Vee in Belfast wrote (429 days ago):
LucyLou in Belfast. While the muggers are to blame for the attack on this old lady, it is still true that the PSNI are never around when you need them. Like the time I had a stolen car driven at me on the Cliftonville Road at 7.50am on a Saturday morning. There wasn't a policeman in sight, and there were no riots about flags or bomb-scares at the time. I take my hat off to that old lady - it is time we the public fought back against these scumbags, and not a time for political point scoring about the PSNI. I wish the lady concerned a speedy recovery and hope that those brats get what they deserve.
Angela in Belfast wrote (429 days ago):
Lol at lee in belfast. I hope these scumbags get caught and an example is made of them. Im always warning my granny about being in the town. Really, nobody is safe regardless of the time of day.
Sydney, Australia in Sydney, Australia wrote (429 days ago):
John in Sydney, Australia. I hope the lady is well. As an ex Belfast boy I am saddened to read about such incidents in my hometown.
Belfast in Belfast wrote (429 days ago):
Thats terrible thats someones granny someones motherhow would they like it if sumone their age done that to there grandparents
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