Chorley grandparents hailed ‘super heroes’ after chasing down pickpockets on Spanish holiday

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  • Elderly couple targeted on holiday in Benidorm
  • 78-year-old grandmother confronted pickpockets
  • Son hails pair ‘super heroes’
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Spanish pickpockets were thwarted by two pensioners who gave chase after being targeted on holiday.

Grandparents Brian and Joan Ogden confronted two women who struck on the last day of the elderly couple’s week-long break in Benidorm.

They stopped the thieves and took back Brian’s wallet, which had been snatched from him.

Son Mick described his parents as “superheroes”.

Back home in Babylon Lane, Adlington, near Chorley, Brian, 80, and Joan, 78, recalled the distressing ordeal.

Joan said: “We were walking along the street. We were looking in the shop window and this lady bumped into him. I thought she’d stumbled.

CCTV captures Brian and Joan Ogden with the pickpockets at the hotel.

CCTV captures Brian and Joan Ogden with the pickpockets at the hotel.

“We walked further along and were going into the hotel revolving door and I could feel somebody close to the back of us and I stepped back and I saw it was these two ladies. She put her hand down in his pocket.

“I shouted, ‘she’s got your wallet.’

“So we decided to run after them. I grabbed hold of the lady I’d seen take it, but she’d passed it to the other by then.

“We just said ‘give us our wallet back.’ Brian tackled the other lady and she gave it him back.”

Brian, who uses inhalers for breathing problems, said: “She didn’t fight, she just gave it me back.”

The incident happened at 2.30pm, just two hours before the couple were due to leave for home following their stay at Hotel Don Pancho.

Joan added: “We told the hotel reception and described the ladies and they said it was well known but the police couldn’t come for three days. But I said we were going home. We were glad when the coach came.

“We were upset, he was shocked.”

Brian, who started his working life as a flagger and kerber with Chorley Council, before becoming a storekeeper at Leyland Bus, Farington, said: “It’s upsetting when you lose your wallet like that.

“I thought they’d got my credit cards. Once I found out there was no money gone and cards hadn’t gone I just had to calm down, but I was a bit annoyed because the hotel had known about these people, but there were no signs up to say beware.

“If it was young people you would have been aware, but they weren’t young.”

Joan, a former secretary with Lancashire County Council, and the Royal Ordnance Factory, Euxton, said they did not feel like heroes.

“We were just glad to get the wallet back and not get thumped,” she said.

The couple are grandparents to little Rosanna Ogden, five, of Adlington, who had open heart surgery at just six weeks after a tumour was found on her heart. She now raises money for charity through swimming.

Their son Mick and family were holidaying not far away in Altea when the pickpockets struck.

He drove down to his parents and spoke to the hotel.

CCTV footage of the incident has been produced.

He described his parents as “superheroes”.

He said on his Facebook page: “When you consider the fact that most of the guests at this hotel are pensioners, this is not acceptable.

“The hotel should give out a leaflet when checking in stating that it’s an area with a very high crime rate and to be careful with your belongings. The hotel should have security staff on the hotel 24-7.

“Let this be a warning to all holidaymakers planning to go to Benidorm, as you may not be as lucky as my parents.”