Elderly woman robbed of gold chain in Swanley by stranger asking for charity signatures

Elderly woman robbed of gold chain in Swanley by stranger asking for charity signatures

She has since been released on bail pending further investigation.

The victim was understandably shaken and left with minor injuries from the forceful robbery. She was attended to by paramedics at the scene but did not require further medical treatment.

Police are urging anyone with information about the incident to come forward and help with their investigation.

Detective Inspector Mark Henderson said: “This was a despicable and cowardly act against a vulnerable member of our community. We are determined to bring those responsible to justice and I am urging anyone with information to come forward and assist us with our investigation.”

He also reminded members of the public to be cautious and vigilant when approached by strangers, especially when they are asking for money or signatures.

The victim, a woman in her 70s, was robbed of her gold chain by force while standing outside a property on London Road in Swanley. The incident occurred around 1.30pm on Tuesday (April 2) and has since resulted in the arrest of a 30-year-old woman from Edmonton.

According to reports, the victim had encountered the suspect earlier in the day outside a supermarket in Orpington, where she was asked to sign a petition for a charity. However, upon meeting again in Swanley, the suspect allegedly used force to take the victim’s chain.

The victim was understandably shaken and sustained minor injuries from the robbery. However, she did not require further medical treatment after being attended to by paramedics at the scene.

Thanks to the swift response of officers, the suspect was apprehended shortly after the incident and is currently in custody. She has been released on bail as the investigation continues.

Detective Inspector Mark Henderson has spoken out about the incident, condemning it as a “despicable and cowardly act” against a vulnerable member of the community. He is urging anyone with information to come forward and assist with the ongoing investigation.

This incident serves as a reminder for members of the public to be cautious and vigilant when approached by strangers, especially if they are asking for money or signatures. It is important to be aware of your surroundings and to report any suspicious behavior to the authorities. Let us work together to keep our communities safe.

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