Pensioner describes attack as police appeal for information

Margaret Clement who was mugged in Wallsend, pictured with her husband Joe. GM014048
Margaret Clement who was mugged in Wallsend, pictured with her husband Joe. GM014048

A woman who was mugged and pulled to the ground in an attack in broad daylight said she screamed blue murder when it happened.

Eighty-one -year-old Margaret Clement was on her way to a Salvation Army meeting in Wallsend when she was approached from behind by a man who grabbed her bag and left her on the ground in agonising pain.

It happened around 1.40pm on Monday, June 3, at Carville Gardens, when Mrs Clement was making her way towards Union Street.

Almost two weeks later, and speaking from North Tyneside General hospital where she is receiving treatment for her injuries, she spoke of the attack.

She said: “I never heard a thing until I felt my hand being pulled.

“I was hanging on for grim death.

“I screamed blue murder, I didn’t think I could but I did.”

Mrs Clement, who lives in Wallsend, described how two girls quickly game to her aid, taking her for a cup of tea and seeing to her wounds before the police and ambulance arrived.

Her attacker got away with her black handbag which contained cash and personal items, and still hasn’t been found.

He is described as being in his 20s, short dark hair, unshaven, wearing dark trousers and a grey or black hooped jumper and was carrying a jacket over his arm.

She said he had shortish dark hair and needed a shave.

As she recovers in hospital with a broken wrist and injured leg, Mrs Clement said her family have also been left shocked by the attack.

She said: “Nothing like this has ever happened to me before, and it’s left everyone in shock.

“One of my grandson’s came up from Leicestershire afterwards to see how I was.”

Police are now appealing for anyone who may have any information about the bag snatch to come forward.

North Tyneside Chief Inspector Jamie Pitt said: “This was a disgraceful crime carried out in broad daylight targeting an elderly woman who was injured during this incident.

“She is still in hospital receiving treatment for her injuries, which were substantial, and it has been extremely distressing both for her and her family.

“Such incidents like this where serious injuries are suffered are unusual and I’d like to reassure people that extensive enquiries are being carried out and it is still very much an active investigation. We’re doing everything we can to trace this man and ensure action is taken.

“I’d urge him or anyone who knows him to think about what a cowardly attack this was and the impact it has had on an elderly woman, and come forward with information.”

Anyone with information should contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.