Elderly woman robbed in Gosport says she will never go out alone again

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AN 86-year-old woman who was hit over the head and robbed has said she will not go out on her own again.

The victim was walking in Village Road, Alverstoke, and had turned into a road leading to Ashburton Road when she was robbed.

Police search through bushes in Gosport

Police search through bushes in Gosport

It happened close to the junction with Jellicoe Avenue at around 8pm last night.

Her handbag and £180 in cash was taken. She was later treated by paramedics at her home in Gosport.

In a statement released through Hampshire police, the victim said: ‘It was very frightening, I am shocked and upset about this incident and I don’t think I will be able to go out on my own again after this.’

After she was hit over the back of the head the victim turned and saw a slim man, who was about 5ft 10ins.

He ran off in the direction she had just come from. He was wearing dark clothes.

Earlier today police deployed a raft as a search team scoured Alver Lake, close to where the robbery took place.

Officers were also searching bushes in a pathway connecting Clayhall Road and Little Anglesey Road.

Detective Constable Geoff Pike said he wants to speak to five young males on bikes who cycled past the victim on Village Road.

He said: ‘We are urgently trying to identify a small group of approximately five young males who cycled past the victim on Village Road just before the incident.

‘The offender is believed to have run along Village Road and past the One Stop.

‘The victim was carrying a multicoloured stripy handbag and a walking stick. Did you see her?

‘Did you see anyone else in the area at the time of the robbery?’

People in the area have reacted with shock at the news of the robbery.

A woman, who did not want to be named, said: ‘It’s very sad, it’s awful.

‘You don’t expect it around here, it’s terrible.’

Call police on 101 with any information.

- A 43-year-old man from Gosport has been arrested on suspicion of robbery.