Mother left terrified by mugging ordeal

A MOTHER of four has described the moment that two would-be muggers shoved her to the floor and tried to make off with her handbag.

Margaret Saunders, 57, of Canterbury Way, Thetford, was walking alone to a friend’s house in St John’s Way via Canons Walk last Friday between 5.15pm and 5.30pm when the attack took place.

Two young men cycled past Mrs Saunders on mountain bikes as she walked through a wooded area before circling back and trying to snatch her brown handbag.

Having been unable to take the bag from her, they then pushed her into bushes - leaving her with bruising and scratches to her arms and legs.

She said the attack had left her ‘upset and shaken’.

“I don’t know why they did it - maybe they thought I’d just got paid or wanted money for drugs.

“I’ve lived in Thetford for 45 years and this has never happened before but I am never walking there alone again - I’ll walk the long way or get a taxi next time,” she said.

The only items in her handbag were around £10 in cash and her inhaler pumps, which she needs as she is an asthmatic.

She said the pumps were the only ones she owns.

She also thanked a passer-by, believed to be in his 30s, who helped take her to nearby shops and stayed with her as she recovered.

Mrs Saunders, whose son, Keith, was killed by a hit and run driver on the A11 in 2000, said the two men appeared to be between 18 and 20-years-old.

They escaped in the direction of the Redcastle Estate.

Police would now like to speak to anyone with information on the incident, including the passer-by who helped Mrs Saunders.

Anyone with information should call DC Mark Barron at Thetford CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.