Man pushes elderly woman to the floor in Southsea theft

A CCTV image of the charity box thief

CCTV catches dopey charity box thief on camera

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AN 80-YEAR-OLD woman was forced to the ground on her doorstep when a man pushed her out of the way to rush into her home and steal a handbag containing cash and cards.

Hampshire police said the man rushed into her home in Napier Road, Southsea, on Saturday at around 6pm.

The victim had gone to the front door and asked the man who he was after he rang her doorbell.

He did not reply but instead pushed her in the chest and she fell backwards on stairs behind.

She tried to push the man back but he rushed past her into her lounge and snatched the bag.

A police spokesman said: ‘The man is described as white, aged in his twenties, medium build and wearing a dark blue jacket and dark clothing.

‘He either had a baseball cap or beanie hat on at the time.

‘The handbag that was stolen contained £48, a buss pass, a visa card and a Tesco loyalty card.’

Anyone who saw what happened or saw anyone suspicious around that time in the area can call Detective Constable David Higgins on the Eastern Investigation team at Fratton police Station on 101. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.