Disabled Blackburn cancer sufferer robbed of £250 in the street

Disabled Blackburn cancer sufferer robbed of £250 on the street

Disabled Blackburn cancer sufferer robbed of £250 on the street

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AN 82-year-old cancer sufferer was robbed of £250 in cash when callous thieves attacked him on his mobility scooter.

The attack has been condemned by local councillors and disability campaigners, who branded the crime ‘heinous’ and ‘despicable’.

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The incident happened when the man was travelling along Galligreaves Street in Blackburn in his scooter.

He was approached by two men who blocked his path and tried to engage him in conversation.

One of the men is believed to have forcibly taken hold of the victim’s arm and removed his wallet from his trousers pocket.

Both men then made off from the area in the direction of Duckworth Street.

The men were both described as white and in their twenties and were wearing hooded tops at the time of the incident.

Chair of the Blackburn-based National Disabled Action Group Eddie Duxbury said: “It’s a despicable act. The disabled are under pressure as it is from this government, and really they don’t need any other aggravation like being mugged.

“I’m horrified, it was probably his pension, it’s heinous.”

Mill Hill ward councillor Carol Walsh said: “It’s absolutely horrendous, it’s a shame, and nobody wants that happening to anybody. I feel sorry for him, my sympathy goes out to him, and I hope he’s okay and that he recovers.

“I hope the police catch the men who did it.”

DS Ian Procter from Blackburn CID said: “This is a despicable crime against a particularly vulnerable man who is wheel chair bound and suffers from cancer.

“I would appeal to anyone with the slightest piece of information to contact the police to assist in bringing those responsible to justice as soon as possible.

“I would particularly like to speak with anyone who saw anything suspicious in the Galligreaves Street/Duckworth Street area around 9.45am on Friday.”

Anyone with information call the police on 101 quoting LC-20140829-0368.

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10:41am Thu 4 Sep 14

timeforcommonsense says...

Clearly there are no depths today's scum bags won't stoop to for their fix. Everyone should be looking to bring these two to justice, name and shame them, stick them in stocks in Blackburn town centre so everyone can see who the cowardly work shy wastes of skin are.
Clearly there are no depths today's scum bags won't stoop to for their fix. Everyone should be looking to bring these two to justice, name and shame them, stick them in stocks in Blackburn town centre so everyone can see who the cowardly work shy wastes of skin are. timeforcommonsense
  • Score: 28

10:49am Thu 4 Sep 14

abetterblackburn says...

“Chair of the Blackburn-based National Disabled Action Group Eddie Duxbury said: “It’s a despicable act. The disabled are under pressure as it is from this government, and really they don’t need any other aggravation like being mugged. I’m horrified, it was probably his pension, it’s heinous.”

Yes, it is a despicable act but why bring politics into all this. Are you seriously saying that the financial pressures put to disabled people by ‘this government’ is equal to what these scum have done. I would suggest that you put a claim in against ‘this council’ for allowing these scrums to have been brought up the way they have as well!

Let’s hope the police catch the scum who have done this but there’s not much chance of that happening is there. Due to ‘this governments‘ funding of the police force?
“Chair of the Blackburn-based National Disabled Action Group Eddie Duxbury said: “It’s a despicable act. The disabled are under pressure as it is from this government, and really they don’t need any other aggravation like being mugged. I’m horrified, it was probably his pension, it’s heinous.” Yes, it is a despicable act but why bring politics into all this. Are you seriously saying that the financial pressures put to disabled people by ‘this government’ is equal to what these scum have done. I would suggest that you put a claim in against ‘this council’ for allowing these scrums to have been brought up the way they have as well! Let’s hope the police catch the scum who have done this but there’s not much chance of that happening is there. Due to ‘this governments‘ funding of the police force? abetterblackburn
  • Score: 9

11:36am Thu 4 Sep 14

Excluded again says...

I didn't even know Iain Duncan Smith was visiting Blackburn. Normally he takes far more than £250 from disabled people.
I didn't even know Iain Duncan Smith was visiting Blackburn. Normally he takes far more than £250 from disabled people. Excluded again
  • Score: 14

1:21pm Thu 4 Sep 14

noddy57 says...

timeforcommonsense wrote:
Clearly there are no depths today's scum bags won't stoop to for their fix. Everyone should be looking to bring these two to justice, name and shame them, stick them in stocks in Blackburn town centre so everyone can see who the cowardly work shy wastes of skin are.
My words exactly".But l would go just a bit further than that ! l would give the people of the country a referendum on capital punishment and l would also implement severe punishments for this type of heinous crime and completely overhaul the inept justice system in this country.It,s long overdue.
[quote][p][bold]timeforcommonsense[/bold] wrote: Clearly there are no depths today's scum bags won't stoop to for their fix. Everyone should be looking to bring these two to justice, name and shame them, stick them in stocks in Blackburn town centre so everyone can see who the cowardly work shy wastes of skin are.[/p][/quote]My words exactly".But l would go just a bit further than that ! l would give the people of the country a referendum on capital punishment and l would also implement severe punishments for this type of heinous crime and completely overhaul the inept justice system in this country.It,s long overdue. noddy57
  • Score: 9

7:31pm Thu 4 Sep 14

thoroughbred says...

the return of corporal and capitol punishment might act as a deterrent to skanks like this
the return of corporal and capitol punishment might act as a deterrent to skanks like this thoroughbred
  • Score: 5

9:33pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Samantha ;) says...

Horrible, lower than low, scruffy, inadequate , disgusting , (more than likely) druggy , thieving sewer rats!!
They want stringing up with their balls and fed to a load of Pitt bulls grrrrrrrr
Horrible, lower than low, scruffy, inadequate , disgusting , (more than likely) druggy , thieving sewer rats!! They want stringing up with their balls and fed to a load of Pitt bulls grrrrrrrr Samantha ;)
  • Score: 3

8:14am Fri 5 Sep 14

bradscorner says...

Isn't this the kind of crime that the police are saying isn't in their remit anymore?
Isn't this the kind of crime that the police are saying isn't in their remit anymore? bradscorner
  • Score: -2

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