Woman mugged at cashpoint in High Street, Wanstead

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A female mugger targeted a woman in her fifties as she withdrew money from a cashpoint.

The robber, described as a dark-skinned European, struck outside Nationwide in High Street, Wanstead, at 11.30am today.

A 37-year-old woman, who witnessed the incident and asked not to be named, said: "I was waiting to use the cash machine myself.

"There was a lot of people around. I thought the couple at the cashpoint were mother and her daughter.

"I thought they were having a joke because there was a lot of nudging, but then I saw loads of money fall on the floor.

"They started scrapping to get the money, which looked like it was about 20 £20 notes.

"It looked like the woman managed to get back most of her money.

"It was horrible, the young girl was making out to the public that she was with the woman.

"The girl started walking off towards Wanstead tube station, I wanted to go after her, but there are no police around to protect you.

"I have never witnessed anything like this before, especially on my own doorstep.

"It has put me off using cashpoints now."

The mugger wore her hair in a plait at the base of her neck and was around 5ft.

Natalia Popa who works at Percy Ingle bakery next door to the bank, said: "The woman came in to count her money. A man came in after her and gave her the receipt from the cash point.

"She said she saw the woman watching her before she used the machine."

Staff in the bank confirmed a woman was mugged today and said the incident had been reported to police.

The woman was uninjured during the incident.

 

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8:00am Wed 9 Jan 13

UKIP-local says...

No need to comment.
No need to comment. UKIP-local

9:09am Wed 9 Jan 13

T. Watts says...

UKIP-local wrote:
No need to comment.
...and we'll have more from our Daily Mail appointed xenophobe later...
[quote][p][bold]UKIP-local[/bold] wrote: No need to comment.[/p][/quote]...and we'll have more from our Daily Mail appointed xenophobe later... T. Watts

9:45am Wed 9 Jan 13

Cornbeefur says...

Hopefully the numerous Police Officers over the Cafe in Spratt all Road attended in good time?
Hopefully the numerous Police Officers over the Cafe in Spratt all Road attended in good time? Cornbeefur

10:20am Wed 9 Jan 13

Helen, Walthamstow says...

I just don't get this story at all.

If there were so many people around including, it would seem, others queuing at the cashpoint, why didn't the victim just yell out that the younger one was trying to steal her money? Then, it seems, the money fell and they were each grabbing notes, yet she still didn't raise the alarm but let the other one walk off.

There are gaps that really do need filling.

And by the way, mugging generally means physical assault with intent to rob. I'm not sure "nudging" qualifies.
I just don't get this story at all. If there were so many people around including, it would seem, others queuing at the cashpoint, why didn't the victim just yell out that the younger one was trying to steal her money? Then, it seems, the money fell and they were each grabbing notes, yet she still didn't raise the alarm but let the other one walk off. There are gaps that really do need filling. And by the way, mugging generally means physical assault with intent to rob. I'm not sure "nudging" qualifies. Helen, Walthamstow

10:31am Wed 9 Jan 13

Cornbeefur says...

Helen, Walthamstow wrote:
I just don't get this story at all.

If there were so many people around including, it would seem, others queuing at the cashpoint, why didn't the victim just yell out that the younger one was trying to steal her money? Then, it seems, the money fell and they were each grabbing notes, yet she still didn't raise the alarm but let the other one walk off.

There are gaps that really do need filling.

And by the way, mugging generally means physical assault with intent to rob. I'm not sure "nudging" qualifies.
Nudging qualifies if accompanied with a wink wink. So it is important to have at least two nudges first.

Thus: Nudge, nudge, wink,wink.
[quote][p][bold]Helen, Walthamstow[/bold] wrote: I just don't get this story at all. If there were so many people around including, it would seem, others queuing at the cashpoint, why didn't the victim just yell out that the younger one was trying to steal her money? Then, it seems, the money fell and they were each grabbing notes, yet she still didn't raise the alarm but let the other one walk off. There are gaps that really do need filling. And by the way, mugging generally means physical assault with intent to rob. I'm not sure "nudging" qualifies.[/p][/quote]Nudging qualifies if accompanied with a wink wink. So it is important to have at least two nudges first. Thus: Nudge, nudge, wink,wink. Cornbeefur

10:50am Wed 9 Jan 13

princessjasmine says...

I'm so disappointed to hear this. I use that bank and cashpoint all the time. 11.30 in the morning! :( Please don't let this be a thing of the future on this lovely high street.
I'm so disappointed to hear this. I use that bank and cashpoint all the time. 11.30 in the morning! :( Please don't let this be a thing of the future on this lovely high street. princessjasmine

10:57am Wed 9 Jan 13

Cornbeefur says...

princessjasmine wrote:
I'm so disappointed to hear this. I use that bank and cashpoint all the time. 11.30 in the morning! :( Please don't let this be a thing of the future on this lovely high street.
The Police were offering a free 'Escort to the cash till Service' recently for the vulnerable (I think you had to be aged over 80 and accompanied by both parents).

Maybe this Service has stopped now that the Police Station is almost permanently closed and the Officers seem to loiter in the local cafes.
[quote][p][bold]princessjasmine[/bold] wrote: I'm so disappointed to hear this. I use that bank and cashpoint all the time. 11.30 in the morning! :( Please don't let this be a thing of the future on this lovely high street.[/p][/quote]The Police were offering a free 'Escort to the cash till Service' recently for the vulnerable (I think you had to be aged over 80 and accompanied by both parents). Maybe this Service has stopped now that the Police Station is almost permanently closed and the Officers seem to loiter in the local cafes. Cornbeefur

12:17pm Wed 9 Jan 13

JackDaniels says...

Really CB?

Your apparently anarchist comments don't help much. This isn't about the Police, but more about the general public and how they react, or don't. It's a shame have-a-go hero Tommy wasn't on the scene, but no-one can be everywhere at all times, except you know who.
Really CB? Your apparently anarchist comments don't help much. This isn't about the Police, but more about the general public and how they react, or don't. It's a shame have-a-go hero Tommy wasn't on the scene, but no-one can be everywhere at all times, except you know who. JackDaniels

12:11am Thu 10 Jan 13

G_Whiz says...

It makes a nice change to have a femail mugger - I'm getting bored of the hoody that never gets caught!

By the way, the police and courts don't like have a go heroes - So let's just do what the Brits do best - politely let them take it all!
It makes a nice change to have a femail mugger - I'm getting bored of the hoody that never gets caught! By the way, the police and courts don't like have a go heroes - So let's just do what the Brits do best - politely let them take it all! G_Whiz

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