Portsmouth mugging victim overwhelmed by support

Elizabeth Dowse (91) from Landport nurses injuries she sustained when she was mugged.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (13528-5)
Elizabeth Dowse (91) from Landport nurses injuries she sustained when she was mugged.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (13528-5)

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A 91-YEAR-OLD woman who was attacked and robbed of her pension has thanked people for their support.

Elizabeth Dowse, of Wimpole Street, Landport, Portsmouth, has been overwhelmed with offers of help following the cowardly attack outside her block of flats at about 1pm on Wednesday.

As previously reported, the former army cook was pushed in the back near the entrance of Wimpole Court after going to collect her £150 weekly allowance at the post office in Fratton.

The thug then snatched her handbag – which contained her pension and other notes – before fleeing.

As an act of goodwill someone has anonymously given Mrs Dowse £150 and police and staff at Asda, Fratton, have sent her a £50 shopping voucher.

People leaving comments on The News website have also offered to drive Mrs Dowse to the post office.

Mrs Dowse – who is known as Beth – said: ‘I never knew so many good people were about.

‘I don’t know a lot of people around the area and I only mainly see my family.

‘I can’t get over what people have offered and given me.’

Mrs Dowse’s son Edward Dowse, 70, said he couldn’t believe all the generosity.

‘I was at Langstone Conservative Club on Saturday when someone came over and put some money in my hands. They wanted me to use it to buy my mum some flowers. I want to say a big thank you to everyone who has offered to help and all the well-wishers.’

Mrs Dowse is considering donating the £150 to Cancer Research UK because her husband Edward, 85, died of the condition five years ago.

‘I’m feeling a lot better now but I am still very angry about what happened,’ she said.

‘To think it should happen in broad daylight as well.

‘I’ve lived here for 43 years and nothing like this has ever happened before.’

Mrs Dowse’s family have now arranged for her pension to be put into a bank account so it can be drawn out when it is needed.

Police are still investigating what happened and are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

Contact CID at Fratton police station by calling 101.