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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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Barrow pensioner is scared to go out after ‘hoodie’ attack

A BARROW pensioner was left bleeding after she was forced to the ground and her bag snatched as she was mugged by two “hoodies”.

Barbara Galvan needed stitches in a finger and was left bruised after her head smashed into the road after she tried to fight off her muggers.

The 67-year-old, who suffers from painful arthritis, was left holding just the strap of her distinctive pink, silver and black clutch bag as the culprits fled the scene.

Mrs Galvan said she was heading to a family party at The Nines, in Dalkeith Street, from her Barrow town centre flat at about 8.25pm on Saturday.

She said: “I decided to get some money out of the cash machine at the HSBC. It was funny but as I walked back along Buccleuch Street I thought to myself it was really creepy and eerie. There were no people around, no cars, nothing which was unusual.

“I had just passed the door of the Steelworks pub and I felt a tug on my bag from behind. Someone tried to pull it again and I held on and as I did I was swung round and that’s when I saw the other guy.

“It then became a battle between us because I was not going to give up my bag.

“He pushed me and I became a little unbalanced and when he pushed me harder I ended up falling into the road and cracking my head on the floor.

“I have arthritis and I find it really difficult to get up and I had to roll on my side.

“As I did I could see them running away down Montague Street with my bag. The other man didn’t do anything during what happened but he was always there on my right-hand side throughout.

“ I didn’t know what to do. I had been screaming throughout but there was still no one around. I thought to myself ‘I’ll go home’ but I realised my keys were in my bag. I was crying and bleeding so I went to The Nines because I knew my friend knew first aid.

“I just don’t know what was happening. I was in shock and confused.

“The staff at the Nines were brilliant and called the police and an ambulance. My head was bleeding and my finger was cut where I had been holding onto the strap.

“Now I just feel really angry because I have always been an outgoing person and this has left me with no confidence at all.

“I was at a bus stop on Tuesday and some teenagers walked passed and I had to move away because I was scared. I was nervous and shaking.

“I’m scared to go to work. I’m scared in my home and that angers me they have left me feeling like this.

“I’m speaking out because I want these people caught and I don’t want this to happen to anyone else. They could be older and more frail than me and could end up really hurt.

“I can’t thank the police ambulance service and those at The Nines enough for all their help.”

Detective Constable Sarah McArthur said: “ Incidents like this are rare and we would like to speak to anyone who can help us find those responsible. We would also ask the perpetrators if they have an conscience to come forward and speak to us.”

The muggers were wearing dark tracksuits. One had light lettering or symbols on the back of the jacket. Both had hoods up obscuring most of their faces. They were about 6ft tall.

The bag contained keys with a diamante key ring, a white leather purse with £30 and £1.50 in loose change, a bank card and a Samsung Experia Z1 mobile phone.

If you have any information to help detectives or have seen the bag or contents discarded call DC McArthur at Barrow CID on 101.

Have your say

If we lived in Saudi Arabia surely Mrs Galvan would be stoned for going to a night club to drink? Please have a thought Mr Soloman.
What we need is a town were people feel safe in their homes, leaving their homes & joining family members out for an evening. A police force who not only show their presence, but in which their presence is felt.
Regularly visiting schools, neighbourhood meetings, getting under the skin of the criminals & letting them know that we are not a soft touch & we refuse to be victims.
Criminals are usually idiots, any parent worth their salt will read this piece & question their own offspring,to find out if they know of anything to do with this horrific assault.
My mother had a saying, 'written all over your face' - I tried lying to her a few times, but I was unsuccessful. It is everyones civic duty to assist the police & Mrs Galvan & her family - find out who this was & bring them to justice. Make an example of them.
Best wishes Mrs Galvan, surely we people of Barrow can get to the bottom of this by asking our younger members of society, if they know anything.

Posted by Aaron Josef on 23 February 2014 at 15:37

I am sickened by this heartless awful attack on a vulnerable OAP, The Government could vastly reduce crime within a couple of years just by giving the Police and more importantly the Courts more power to treble the sentences & fines these scum bags receive.
Everytime I read the NWEM I read the same family names in the courts getting sentenced from when I was younger, those scumbags have produced the next line of scumbags and the problems continue, Time to get tough & break the cycle.

Posted by Perry Groves on 22 February 2014 at 20:04

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