Woman robbed of Xmas charity cash

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A woman was robbed of her phone and an nearly £1700 of cash destined for a charity on Christmas Eve.

Police are appealing for witnesses following the robbery in Chandlers Ford at around 4pm, Thursday 23 December

The victim, a 44-year-old woman, was crossing the road at top of Oakmount Road with the junction of Winchester Road near the Fryern Arcade when she was approached by a man who snatched an envelope containing £1,690 in cash and her black iPhone.

He ran off south down Winchester Road in the direction of Chandlers Ford Precinct.

The victim chased her mugger and was joined by members of the public, but the suspect ran into the car park at the rear of Blockbusters and was lost from sight.

The offender was a white male aged between 30 and 50 of slim build and around 6 ft tall.

He had dark stubble on his face, and was wearing dark blue or black woolly hat and dark coloured hooded top/jacket and trousers – possibly jeans.

The victim was uninjured but left shaken and upset as the money had been saved up by family members to make a payment to a charity to help benefit poorer members of the community. She was on her way to make this donation when she was robbed.

DS Sally French of Eastleigh CID, said:

There were several people around at the time, we are seeking witnesses – in particular a female who assisted the victim at the scene shortly after the incident and handed the victim a pair of gloves.

“We’d also urge those making large cash deposits to reconsider – opting for cash transfer or cheque instead. If you are carrying a substantial amount of cash, please keep it hidden and be aware of who may have seen you withdraw it. If you feel you are being followed or feel vulnerable in any way, go to a busy location and call police.