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A pensioner was robbed of her handbag in a shocking daylight snatch at a Blackpool tram stop.

Police were today appealing for information after the bag was taken from the 69-year-old victim, at around 10.15pm last Wednesday.

She was sitting in a tram shelter opposite the Savoy Hotel.

Thde woman was holding her handbag which contained an iPad and other personal items.

It is believed the robber reached under the Perspex shelter and grabbed the victim’s handbag from her, causing an injury to her hand.

The offender was then seen running into Gynn Square Park, where he is thought to have discarded the bag in a bin.

It is believed that he spoke briefly to a woman in the park before running off.

He is described as a white man, 5ft 6in to 5ft 7in tall, slim build and was wearing a hooded top, dark bottoms and trainers.

Det Con Neil Smith, of Blackpool Police, said: “This is a shocking incident involving an elderly woman who was visiting Blackpool to see the Illuminations.

“The iPad contained photos which are of sentimental value, and I would urge anyone who has any information to contact us.

“I am particularly keen to trace a dog walker who we believe may have seen the offender in the park, and I urge them to come forward.”

Anyone with information can contact Lancashire Police on 101, quoting crime reference number AN1406072.

Or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at