Search for Good Samaritan after theft

Police are searching for a Good Samaritan after a theft in Preston.

Wednesday, 8th June 2016, 9:17 am
Updated Thursday, 9th June 2016, 11:54 am
Fletcher Road, Preston. Picture: Google
Fletcher Road, Preston. Picture: Google

A member of the public stepped in to help after a man had cash and his keys stolen by a group of women.

The incident happened between 11.30pm and 1am, between Sunday May 29 and Monday May 30 on Fletcher Road.

The victim, aged 61, had been walking home from the town centre when a group of about six women approached him and, without speaking, began to go through his pockets.

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At least one of the women also jumped on his back.

They made off with about £65 in cash and his house keys.

Although disorientated by the attack, the victim realised his keys had been taken and made efforts to go after the women to get them back.

At this point he was approached by an unknown male who offered his assistance and made contact with the victim’s son.

Police are now appealing for information about the incident and in particular would like to trace the man who came to the victim’s aid.

Detective Constable Hayley Jones, of Preston Police, said: “The victim had enjoyed a night out on the bank holiday weekend and was making his way home when he was set upon in what appears to be an entirely unprovoked attack.

“We would now urge the Good Samaritan who came to the victim’s aid to get in touch, as he may be able to help us with our enquiries.

“Similarly, anyone with information that could help us identify these women is also urged to get in touch.”

Anybody with information should contact police on 101, quoting crime reference SA1607409.