A distraught pensioner lost her precious diary and sentimental photographs when muggers snatched her handbag from her mobility scooter.
Sheila Maggs (76) was on her way home from bingo at about 4pm on Thursday when two white men in their 20s confronted her in Spalding’s St Mary and St Nicolas Churchyard.
Neither man spoke, but one snatched her handbag and then both men fled towards Halmergate.
There was just £42 inside the bag, but Sheila is more concerned to have her diary returned along with irreplaceable photographs of three pet dogs, including a terrier cross, Lady, who has died.
Sheila couldn’t sleep that night.
The incident left the Spalding pensioner shaken – and her family are both outraged and filled with disbelief that anything like that could happen in Spalding.
On a social media site, Sheila’s daughter Angie Kiely appealed for the public to help police track down the men responsible for mugging her mother and asked: “What is this town coming to?”
Angie told us: “There was someone else who saw it, who then took mum to the police station.
“She’s worried sick because there’s a diary in the bag and it’s got all of her personal numbers and the things she needs to remember, like hospital appointments, and things that she needs to do. She hasn’t got that any more and she feels lost.”
Angie says her mum is very trusting.
“She doesn’t believe bad things about people, “ said Angie. “She doesn’t believe that somebody would say something that’s not true. She’s very shaken, she’s quite upset. She was worried they (the muggers) would come round her house at one point. My brother went round and spent an awful lot of time with her.”
Brave Sheila ventured out yesterday (Saturday) to Rooke’s to buy food for her dogs.
Angie said her mum absolutely lives for her dogs and would like to have photographs of them returned to her.
Sheila is a familiar figure around Spalding and is often recognised by the “Mum’s Taxi” sign attached to the basket on the front of her mobility scooter.
Angie said: “She’s been advised by the police to buy a cover for her basket.”
Speaking today (Sunday) Angie said her mum is beginning to feel better.
“In herself, she’s feeling much better than she was when it first happened,” said Angie. “But she’s still worried about her diary.”
Sheila is a regular at the Regent Bingo in Spalding, but also attends bingo sessions in community halls and was on her way home from one of those when the muggers struck.
As well as appealing for people to help police in tracing the men responsible, Angie has put out a plea for people in Spalding to keep a lookout for her mum’s grey bag – which may have been discarded – and her diary and photographs.
• Anyone with information should call Lincolnshire Police on 101.
If you find Sheila’s grey handbag, her diary or photographs, please hand them in to Spalding Police Station.