CCTV APPEAL: Deaf elderly man targeted by heartless thief

DO YOU KNOW THIS WOMAN? Police are appealing for information after an elderly man was the victim of a theft in Preston city centre.
DO YOU KNOW THIS WOMAN? Police are appealing for information after an elderly man was the victim of a theft in Preston city centre.
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A vulnerable elderly man was targeted by a heartless thief in Preston City Centre.

Police say the 84-year-old man, who is profoundly deaf, was left shaken up after his wallet was stolen from him when he was shopping at around 11.40am on Tuesday October 6 on Fishergate near to St George’s Shopping Centre.

Minutes later a woman is believed to have withdrawn money from the victims account via a cashpoint from a bank on Fishergate.

DS Jerry Sturgess of Preston CID said: “The elderly victim, who is profoundly deaf, was extremely shaken up following the ordeal and has been left very distressed.

“We are keen to trace the woman pictured and would urge anyone who recognises her or has any information that could assist with our enquiries to come forward.”

The woman is described as wearing a distinctive black and white patterned cloak style coat and was carrying a small handbag.

Anyone with information about the incident can contact police on: 101 quoting log reference 0418 of October 6.

Alternatively, they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at Crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.