'I'm living in fear of muggers' - disabled Hatfield man

PUBLISHED: 06:28 28 December 2011

Hertfordshire Constabulary

Hertfordshire Constabulary

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AN elderly disabled man has spoken of how he now fears going out, after muggers pinned him down in his wheelchair and took his wallet.

"They injured my neck when they pulled me back and I am too frightened to go out at the moment"

Victim

The victim’s revelation that he feels a prisoner in his own home comes as Crimestoppers put up a reward of up to £1,000 to help catch the sick robbers.

As previously reported in the WHT, the man, in his 60s, had just gone across the pelican crossing in Old French Horn Lane, Hatfield, at about 4.20pm on Wednesday, November 30.

He heard someone behind, who asked if he had any change.

When the victim said he did not, one of the muggers held him down from behind while a second man searched his coat.

They eventually let him go, making off with the man’s wallet, which contained a small amount of cash.

The wallet was later found discarded at the scene.

After initial enquiries drew a blank, police hope this week’s renewed appeal – and the reward from Crimestoppers – will lead to a breakthrough.

The victim, who was making his way home from a shopping trip to Asda, said: “I think this crime is just despicable – to target someone like me, who is disabled in a wheelchair and cannot defend myself.

“They injured my neck when they pulled me back and I am too frightened to go out at the moment.

“I love living in Hertfordshire and, with it being Christmas time, I want to go out and see friends and family with my wife, but this has spoilt that for me.”

He added: “I really hope this reward encourages someone to come forward with information as these men need to be brought to justice and so no-one else has to experience what I did.”

Detective inspector Robin Winder said officers were keen to speak to two people who helped the victim.

One of them was a woman, who had found the wallet and given it back.

Det insp Winder said: “This is a low and cold-hearted crime committed against a vulnerable man who was just out on his way home from a shopping trip.

“I am very keen to trace those responsible so they can answer for their crime and to protect others from a similar crime.”

He added: “If you are one of the two who helped our victim after the offence, can identify the offenders or have any other information which could help, no matter how insignificant you think it might seem, I would urge you to contact me.”

Call the Welwyn Hatfield local crime unit with information on the non-emergency number 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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