CCTV clue in blind robbery hunt

Bethesda Square car park
Bethesda Square car park
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POLICE have revealed a sickening attack which saw a blind woman robbed of her white stick has been captured on CCTV.

The vulnerable victim was targeted on Bethesda Square, Blackpool, on Monday night, and officers are studying images they hope will reveal the identity of her cruel attacker.

The breakthrough came as traders on nearby Central Drive told The Gazette they were “not surprised” to hear of the attack, with local councillor Mary Smith admitting something needed to be done to clean up the area.

A man approached the 45-year-old woman from behind as she walked across the carpark, stole cash and snatched her cane.

And a police spokesman today said: “We are reviewing CCTV footage of the incident in the hope that will shed some light on the people responsible for this offence.”

Shopkeepers on Central Drive, just yards from when the attack happened, said the area had gone downhill in recent years.

One trader, who did not want to be named, said: “I’m not surprised.

“It’s gone downhill in recent years, my shop window was put in two weeks ago.”

And a second shopkeeper added: “It’s rough around here. You see community police officers walking round a bit during the day but it’s at night we need more patrols.”

Coun Smith, who represents the Bloomfield ward, said she had already paid for officers’ bicycles, but was at a loss as to what else could be done to help the area.

She said: “It needs seeing to, Central Drive needs doing up - there are so many closed shops and it attracts the wrong people. Something needs to be done to make people feel safer but what can we do?”