Widow, 79, robbed at husband’s graveside

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A 79-year-old woman was robbed as she lay fresh flowers on her husband’s grave at Petersfield Cemetery.

Police have revealed that a man approached the woman as she was in the cemetery at Rams Hill at around 12.45pm on Sunday, November 15. He asked her for some change but she told him she didn’t have any.

He then tried to grab her purse and hit her hand to try and make her let go but she held on to it. He did however manage to take £15 from the purse before running off towards Rams Hill.

The man is described white, aged around 30 and about 5ft 6 inches tall. He was very thin with a pale complexion and wearing a dark blue or black knee length coat with a hood that was up.

Police say the victim was left very shaken by the incident.

She had gone to the graveyard to place fresh flowers on her husband’s grave.

Detective Constable Simon Poulter said: “It’s hard to believe someone would stoop so low as to rob someone as they were visiting their loved one’s grave.

“I would appeal for anyone who was in the area round the time of this robbery and saw anything or anyone suspicious to get in touch with me at the Northern Investigation team at Basingstoke police station on 101. They can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

“I would also ask the man who did this to take a very long hard look at himself and to show some genuine remorse for what he has done by giving himself up. It will be much better for him than waiting for us to come and arrest him.”