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Thief grabs pensioners chain from around her neck

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Police are appealing for witnesses after an elderly woman had a necklace snatched from around her neck as she walked down a Leeds street.

The pensioner was travelling down Stonegate Road with her husband when the suspect jogged over to them from a nearby bus stop.

As he passed by, the man grabbed his victim by her neck, ripped off the gold chain and then fled in the direction of the nearby fire station.

Shortly afterwards he was picked up by a gun-metal grey hatchback, with the partial registration YA51.

In a press appeal, police described the suspect as a man in his 20s, light-skinned mixed race and around 5ft 9ins tall. At the time he was wearing light green tracksuit bottoms and a  dark green top.

The necklace that was taken is a 16-inch, 22-carat gold chain, with a heart-shaped pendant.

Det Con Grant Lee, of Leeds District Crime Team, said: “The victim is very distressed and upset at what happened, particularly as the necklace was of great sentimental value to her.

“[It] is quite distinctive and we would like to hear from anyone who may have been offered such an item for sale.”

Police have made the point that the incident happened during daylight in a built-up area and are hopeful that there will be witnesses who are able to provide further details to assist them with their enquiries.

At Lester Morrill, our criminal law team has experience advising those facing a range of charges. For advice on all your options, please contact our Leeds-based solicitors today.

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