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An attempt to mug a disabled woman in Haverhill was stopped by two have-go-heroes

Two passers-by stepped in to prevent a disabled woman getting mugged by two men in Haverhill.

The woman, aged in her 40s, was riding a mobility scooter close to newt pond, in Castle Playing Fields when she saw two males at about 1.35pm last Thursday.

One of them went towards her and pushed her body onto the handle bars of the scooter, threatened her and attempted to grab her bag by the handle.

The newt pond at the Castle Playing Fields in Haverhill, where the attempted mugging happened. Picture by Mark Bullimore
The newt pond at the Castle Playing Fields in Haverhill, where the attempted mugging happened. Picture by Mark Bullimore

A man who was out walking a dog, accompanied by a younger male, then shouted at the thug to let the woman go and the two suspects then fled towards Chimswell Way.

The incident left the woman shaken and with bruising.

The first male suspect is described as black, aged between 20 and 30, around 5ft 11ins tall, of an athletic build with black curly hair, which was seen just under a hood. He was wearing a black hoody, with black jogging bottoms and red shoes/trainer and had a cockney accent.

The second male suspect is described as white, 5ft 11ins tall and of a slim build. He was wearing a scarf across his face with his hood up. He was also wearing a black hoody and grey joggers and black trainers. He was riding a silver mountain bike.

Police would like to speak to the two men who prevented. the robbery

One of them is described as being around 60 years-old with a shaved head and wore shorts and a t-shirt. He was walking a German Shepherd-type breed dog, which he let off the lead and the dog chased after the two males as they ran off.

The second male bystander is described as being younger than the other bystander and aged around 25 to 30 years of age. He was wearing jeans, a t-shirt and had a beard. He ran after the suspects into the wooded area.

Anyone with information about incident should contact West CID at Bury St Edmunds Police Station on 101, reference 37/38846/1, visit http://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/existing-report-update or email naomi.harger@suffolk.pnn.police.uk

Alternatively contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their online form: www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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