Pensioner is knocked to the ground by wallet robber

VICTIM Peter Beer is determined not to let the mugging disrupt his social life
VICTIM Peter Beer is determined not to let the mugging disrupt his social life
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A DISABLED pensioner was robbed in the street in a late-night attack.

Retired social worker Peter Beer was walking home alone after a night out when a stranger approached and asked him to change some money.

But when Mr Beer – who has cerebral palsy, is diabetic and walks with a stick – took out his wallet to see if he could help, the man snatched it and knocked him over.

Mr Beer, 67, from Court Lane, Cosham, said: ‘I was about four doors away from my house. A man walked past and asked “have you got two fivers to change for a tenner?”. Without thinking I got my wallet out. The next thing I knew, he had snatched it out of my hand.

‘I couldn’t run after him – I walk with a stick. I managed to get up and walk home. I was shaking like a leaf.’

The robber fled with Mr Beer’s wallet, containing cards and about £30, running off along nearby Gofton Avenue about 11pm on January 25.

Mr Beer added: ‘It really shook me up. I walk with a stick when I’m out so I’m easy meat I suppose.

‘My neighbours have been very kind. People have been knocking on the door and asking how I am.

‘I was quite angry to start with, but I suppose it could have been a lot worse.

‘It was a scary experience but I’m determined that it won’t ruin my social life.’

Detective Constable Julie Way from Portsmouth CID said police wanted to hear from anyone who saw something suspicious, or who had found a discarded black folded wallet.

‘We’d also like to hear from anyone who’s been approached by a man fitting the description asking if they can change money,’ she said. The robber is white, with a local accent, 5ft 7in, in his late 30s and slim.

He was balding and unshaven, and was wearing a dark jacket and dark trousers.

Call Det Con Way on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.