Generous well-wishers raise cash for elderly victim who had purses stolen

Luke Porter and Coun Jan Brealeycook with the collection tin.

Luke Porter and Coun Jan Brealeycook with the collection tin.

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A collection for an elderly woman who had her purses stolen has raised more than £120.

The victim was walking down the alleyway in Jubilee Grove in Sleaford at midday when two men stole two purses from her handbag.

After we published the online police appeal to catch the culprits there was a massive outcry on social media from people condemning those responsible.

This ultimately led to a suggestion being made for a collection to be held, which Coun Jan Brealeycook was happy to help set up at the Town Hall.

Among those appalled was Luke Porter, who lives and works in the town, and suggested the collection.

The money has now been counted and £126.95 will be handed over to the victim.

* The theft took place at about 12.30pm on Monday, August 8.

Police said the incident happened too quickly for the victim to be able to give a description of the two men, who ran off after the crime.

If anyone saw two men running in or near the alley they are asked to call 101 quoting incident 221 of August 8.