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Elderly woman hit in chest during robbery at charity shop in Chesham

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A woman in her seventies was hit in the chest during a robbery at a charity shop in Chesham.

On Monday 28th January 2019, at around 3.00pm, a woman in her seventies was in the Helen & Douglas House charity shop in the High Street, Chesham.

A man hit the woman in the chest and took her purse from her handbag. The man made his escape by running down High Street past Chesham Library and Sainsbury’s in Elgvia Lane.

Several members of the public pursued the robber however he managed to run away. The woman in her seventies did not require hospital treatment following the incident.

Following the incident Thames Valley Police are looking for white man, aged approximately 20 years old, around 5ft 6ins tall and of a slim build with long dark hair and was dressed in a light brown jacket, light coloured jogging trousers, trainers and a grey woollen hat.

Designated Investigator Amanda Long, of the Investigation Hub at Amersham police station, said: ‘This was a particularly traumatic experience for the victim in this case, an elderly woman who was hit in the chest.

We are appealing for any witnesses to this incident to come forward and help us with our investigation.

Thames Valley Police are appealing for anyone with information about the incident to call the 24-hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101 quoting the reference 43190029359.

Reports can also be made to Thames Valley Police online at https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/tua/tell-us-about/cor/tell-us-about-existing-case-report/ or you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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