Woman, 84, robbed by gang

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AN 84-year-old woman has been left distraught after a gang stole a pendant which was a gift from her late husband.

The attack happened at about 12.55pm as she waited for a bus in Shenley Lodge on Saturday, March 12.

The woman was wearing a number of pieces of gold jewellery when the gang of four struck while she waited for the bus on Faraday Drive, between Marconi Croft and Edison Square.

Two men and two women were in a car as it drove past her and stopped. The car has been described as dirty and dark in colour, possibly black.

A woman got out of the front seat and the car drove off towards Edison Square. The woman, thought to be in her 30s, then approached the woman and demanded £50 from her for car repairs.

She refused but the attacker became insistent and asked for £50 in return for some jewellery. An altercation took place between the two and the car returned. The woman then got back in the car with the rest of the group, all thought to be in their 30s, and left towards the V4 Watling Street.

After the car had gone the pensioner discovered her gold sovereign pendant and gold rope chain had been stolen from around her neck during the incident.

Neighbour Specialist Officer, Chris Bird, said: “The pendant was a gift from the victim’s now late husband and was of tremendous sentimental value, it is believed to date from around 1895, it was also uninsured and valued at around £400.

“The incident has left the victim distraught and feeling unsafe in her own environment following this cruel and calculated incident in broad daylight on a busy thoroughfare. I appeal to anyone who may have witnessed a dirty looking black car or a female in her 30s with a white female in her 80s in the street to contact the police or Crimestoppers.”

> Witnesses can call 0845 8 505 505 or Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111.