'Despicable' thieves stole bags from pensioners in Brierfield

'Despicable' thieves stole bags from pensioners in Brierfield

'Despicable' thieves stole bags from pensioners in Brierfield

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THIEVES who snatched bags from two pensioners in the space of 15 minutes have been branded ‘despicable’ by police.

A 75-year-old woman and an 80-year-old woman were targeted in Brierfield on Sunday evening.

At 5.45pm thieves snatched a carrier bag containing a cake stand, paper plates and an umbrella from the woman in Walter Street.

The same group of men are believed to have snatched a handbag from the shoulder of the 80-year-old woman 15 minutes later as she made her way to church along Halifax Road, taking a pair of glasses and a bus pass.

Inspector Paul Goodall, from Lancashire Police, said: “This is a despicable crime. To target elderly people in this way is absolutely awful.

“We are working to help the victims get over these incidents but they have both been left shaken.

“I think the public will be appalled at what has happened and I would appeal for anybody with information to get in touch with police.

“The people who did this might think it is a bit of a laugh. It’s not. It’s a shocking crime that has left two elderly victims very upset.”

Police said they are looking at CCTV footage from the area to try to identify the culprits, while also appealing to the public for their help.

Insp Goodall said the victims in both incidents had described the attackers as a group of Asian men.

He said: “You would imagine that these incidents are almost certainly going to be linked.

“It is not so much about what has been taken but the fact that the victims targeted were elderly members of the community.”

Anybody with information is asked to call police on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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8:33pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

Scum, end off.
Scum, end off. Lancs - pensioner
  • Score: 9

11:55pm Mon 24 Mar 14

noddy57 says...

these scum bags really are sub human cowards at best,,
these scum bags really are sub human cowards at best,, noddy57
  • Score: 4

11:59pm Mon 24 Mar 14

fireonthemountain says...

Now - I agree completely .

If my comment appeared in any way whatsover to be racist , then I apologise unreservedly .

Certainly such scum cannot possibly subscribe to any religion , nor bide
by the rules of whichever God they pretend to be worshipping .

Having said that , and having hopefully cleared the air , nevertheless -

As they are described as "Asian" , the I would like the Mosque to
condemn their evil actions , and DEMAND they give themselves up
for punishment .

But again , I am not holding my breath .

It is sad isn't it , people live in fear .

Now , permit me to tell you a nasty little story .

We live on a lovely street - we moved here over thirty years ago .
My next door neighbour is now over eighty years of age , his wife sadly passed away last year . We all try and look after him - such a nice guy .

Anyway his wife loved daffodils - he grows them in his front garden , in
memory of her . Yesterday a little crowd of scum smashed them .

He is broken hearted .

They were kids - maximum of seven years of age .

They were noticed and one of our other neighbours went to the parent's
house to remonstrate them - he was (of course) met with a barrage of abuse - from the druggie / alchy parents . Different street I point out .

What could he do ? I know what he wanted to do , but that would have got him arrested .

Who or what do we blame ?

Parents ? Teachers ? Society ?

I am not advocating the clip-around-the-ear .

How do we return to the days of respect ??

I dunno - you tell me .
Now - I agree completely . If my comment appeared in any way whatsover to be racist , then I apologise unreservedly . Certainly such scum cannot possibly subscribe to any religion , nor bide by the rules of whichever God they pretend to be worshipping . Having said that , and having hopefully cleared the air , nevertheless - As they are described as "Asian" , the I would like the Mosque to condemn their evil actions , and DEMAND they give themselves up for punishment . But again , I am not holding my breath . It is sad isn't it , people live in fear . Now , permit me to tell you a nasty little story . We live on a lovely street - we moved here over thirty years ago . My next door neighbour is now over eighty years of age , his wife sadly passed away last year . We all try and look after him - such a nice guy . Anyway his wife loved daffodils - he grows them in his front garden , in memory of her . Yesterday a little crowd of scum smashed them . He is broken hearted . They were kids - maximum of seven years of age . They were noticed and one of our other neighbours went to the parent's house to remonstrate them - he was (of course) met with a barrage of abuse - from the druggie / alchy parents . Different street I point out . What could he do ? I know what he wanted to do , but that would have got him arrested . Who or what do we blame ? Parents ? Teachers ? Society ? I am not advocating the clip-around-the-ear . How do we return to the days of respect ?? I dunno - you tell me . fireonthemountain
  • Score: 6

6:28am Tue 25 Mar 14

apple10 says...

I have had youths stopping me from driving down Halifax Road, Brierfield by stepping in front of me.

I have been stared at whilst waiting at the traffic lights.

I have had kids jumping on the bonnet of the car damaging it whilst parked in Tunstill Place.

I have had snowballs with stones in thrown at me by youths whilst waiting at the Pelican crossing.

The streets are full of dog muck and rubbish around the Walter Street/Arthur Street area.

I now avoid Brierfield. It used to be such a lovely little township.
I have had youths stopping me from driving down Halifax Road, Brierfield by stepping in front of me. I have been stared at whilst waiting at the traffic lights. I have had kids jumping on the bonnet of the car damaging it whilst parked in Tunstill Place. I have had snowballs with stones in thrown at me by youths whilst waiting at the Pelican crossing. The streets are full of dog muck and rubbish around the Walter Street/Arthur Street area. I now avoid Brierfield. It used to be such a lovely little township. apple10
  • Score: 6

7:08am Tue 25 Mar 14

happycyclist says...

ALL thieves are despicable. It shouldn't really matter what age the victim is or whether they're ill or disabled.
ALL thieves are despicable. It shouldn't really matter what age the victim is or whether they're ill or disabled. happycyclist
  • Score: 4

7:43am Tue 25 Mar 14

glossopkid says...

I see Brierfield once again in the paper and not for something good either.

All I can say is I'm disgusted.
I see Brierfield once again in the paper and not for something good either. All I can say is I'm disgusted. glossopkid
  • Score: 5

8:19am Tue 25 Mar 14

Bluelizzy says...

Dem big gangstas init ! a cake stand and a bus pass ! Well ard.
Dem big gangstas init ! a cake stand and a bus pass ! Well ard. Bluelizzy
  • Score: 4

9:00am Tue 25 Mar 14

Bluelizzy says...

Prevention is better than cure.

I'm guessing that the ladies that were mugged were white and not asian. The muggers would know that if they were asian, that their community would work harder to identify them, and that if and when they were identified, the trouble they would be in would be serious. The punishment would be severe. Fair play.

The only people looking to catch them if the victim is white, are the cops , who have only a slim chance of success. If they are caught the punishment ?? .... probably a caution.

The fault lies in a justice system that is unfit for purpose, wholly inadequate, failed, broken. Fix it. Now.
Prevention is better than cure. I'm guessing that the ladies that were mugged were white and not asian. The muggers would know that if they were asian, that their community would work harder to identify them, and that if and when they were identified, the trouble they would be in would be serious. The punishment would be severe. Fair play. The only people looking to catch them if the victim is white, are the cops , who have only a slim chance of success. If they are caught the punishment ?? .... probably a caution. The fault lies in a justice system that is unfit for purpose, wholly inadequate, failed, broken. Fix it. Now. Bluelizzy
  • Score: 6

7:40pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Openminded? says...

fireonthemountain wrote:
Now - I agree completely .

If my comment appeared in any way whatsover to be racist , then I apologise unreservedly .

Certainly such scum cannot possibly subscribe to any religion , nor bide
by the rules of whichever God they pretend to be worshipping .

Having said that , and having hopefully cleared the air , nevertheless -

As they are described as "Asian" , the I would like the Mosque to
condemn their evil actions , and DEMAND they give themselves up
for punishment .

But again , I am not holding my breath .

It is sad isn't it , people live in fear .

Now , permit me to tell you a nasty little story .

We live on a lovely street - we moved here over thirty years ago .
My next door neighbour is now over eighty years of age , his wife sadly passed away last year . We all try and look after him - such a nice guy .

Anyway his wife loved daffodils - he grows them in his front garden , in
memory of her . Yesterday a little crowd of scum smashed them .

He is broken hearted .

They were kids - maximum of seven years of age .

They were noticed and one of our other neighbours went to the parent's
house to remonstrate them - he was (of course) met with a barrage of abuse - from the druggie / alchy parents . Different street I point out .

What could he do ? I know what he wanted to do , but that would have got him arrested .

Who or what do we blame ?

Parents ? Teachers ? Society ?

I am not advocating the clip-around-the-ear .

How do we return to the days of respect ??

I dunno - you tell me .
No where i was calling you a racist, i agree with most of what you say, but still do not understand why you would expect the Mosque to comdemn this behaviour, whilst it is right to assume they were Muslim, there is a small chance they were not Muslim, end of day there is other communities now living in the area, just by the proposal of a temple in Burnley shows this.

Again, if it was conducted by white scum, then would the churches comdemn the act? I guess not.

We can blame, the parents, society or anything for this type of behaviour, but the one thing which is to be blamed is the justice system.
[quote][p][bold]fireonthemountain[/bold] wrote: Now - I agree completely . If my comment appeared in any way whatsover to be racist , then I apologise unreservedly . Certainly such scum cannot possibly subscribe to any religion , nor bide by the rules of whichever God they pretend to be worshipping . Having said that , and having hopefully cleared the air , nevertheless - As they are described as "Asian" , the I would like the Mosque to condemn their evil actions , and DEMAND they give themselves up for punishment . But again , I am not holding my breath . It is sad isn't it , people live in fear . Now , permit me to tell you a nasty little story . We live on a lovely street - we moved here over thirty years ago . My next door neighbour is now over eighty years of age , his wife sadly passed away last year . We all try and look after him - such a nice guy . Anyway his wife loved daffodils - he grows them in his front garden , in memory of her . Yesterday a little crowd of scum smashed them . He is broken hearted . They were kids - maximum of seven years of age . They were noticed and one of our other neighbours went to the parent's house to remonstrate them - he was (of course) met with a barrage of abuse - from the druggie / alchy parents . Different street I point out . What could he do ? I know what he wanted to do , but that would have got him arrested . Who or what do we blame ? Parents ? Teachers ? Society ? I am not advocating the clip-around-the-ear . How do we return to the days of respect ?? I dunno - you tell me .[/p][/quote]No where i was calling you a racist, i agree with most of what you say, but still do not understand why you would expect the Mosque to comdemn this behaviour, whilst it is right to assume they were Muslim, there is a small chance they were not Muslim, end of day there is other communities now living in the area, just by the proposal of a temple in Burnley shows this. Again, if it was conducted by white scum, then would the churches comdemn the act? I guess not. We can blame, the parents, society or anything for this type of behaviour, but the one thing which is to be blamed is the justice system. Openminded?
  • Score: 1

7:41pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Openminded? says...

apple10 wrote:
I have had youths stopping me from driving down Halifax Road, Brierfield by stepping in front of me.

I have been stared at whilst waiting at the traffic lights.

I have had kids jumping on the bonnet of the car damaging it whilst parked in Tunstill Place.

I have had snowballs with stones in thrown at me by youths whilst waiting at the Pelican crossing.

The streets are full of dog muck and rubbish around the Walter Street/Arthur Street area.

I now avoid Brierfield. It used to be such a lovely little township.
As an Asian Muslim living in Nelson, I am disgusted at the this type of scum! And am sorry the Asian community is seen as this way !
[quote][p][bold]apple10[/bold] wrote: I have had youths stopping me from driving down Halifax Road, Brierfield by stepping in front of me. I have been stared at whilst waiting at the traffic lights. I have had kids jumping on the bonnet of the car damaging it whilst parked in Tunstill Place. I have had snowballs with stones in thrown at me by youths whilst waiting at the Pelican crossing. The streets are full of dog muck and rubbish around the Walter Street/Arthur Street area. I now avoid Brierfield. It used to be such a lovely little township.[/p][/quote]As an Asian Muslim living in Nelson, I am disgusted at the this type of scum! And am sorry the Asian community is seen as this way ! Openminded?
  • Score: 3

10:12pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Snowy-D says...

How can you describe them as men going round bullying old ladies they're the scum of the earth . Brierfield used to be a great little place and now if you pass through on the bus all you see are little gangs hanging around every corner or been chased by the police. The all area going down the pan.
How can you describe them as men going round bullying old ladies they're the scum of the earth . Brierfield used to be a great little place and now if you pass through on the bus all you see are little gangs hanging around every corner or been chased by the police. The all area going down the pan. Snowy-D
  • Score: 2

9:33am Thu 27 Mar 14

HecticBigBoy says...

apple10 wrote:
I have had youths stopping me from driving down Halifax Road, Brierfield by stepping in front of me. I have been stared at whilst waiting at the traffic lights. I have had kids jumping on the bonnet of the car damaging it whilst parked in Tunstill Place. I have had snowballs with stones in thrown at me by youths whilst waiting at the Pelican crossing. The streets are full of dog muck and rubbish around the Walter Street/Arthur Street area. I now avoid Brierfield. It used to be such a lovely little township.
Do what i do and DON'T slow down, they soon jump out of the way, the verbal abuse and finger gestures head my way but it will stop the ignorant swines walking out and giving you that "just you dare" look!
[quote][p][bold]apple10[/bold] wrote: I have had youths stopping me from driving down Halifax Road, Brierfield by stepping in front of me. I have been stared at whilst waiting at the traffic lights. I have had kids jumping on the bonnet of the car damaging it whilst parked in Tunstill Place. I have had snowballs with stones in thrown at me by youths whilst waiting at the Pelican crossing. The streets are full of dog muck and rubbish around the Walter Street/Arthur Street area. I now avoid Brierfield. It used to be such a lovely little township.[/p][/quote]Do what i do and DON'T slow down, they soon jump out of the way, the verbal abuse and finger gestures head my way but it will stop the ignorant swines walking out and giving you that "just you dare" look! HecticBigBoy
  • Score: 1

9:43am Thu 27 Mar 14

HecticBigBoy says...

Snowy-D wrote:
How can you describe them as men going round bullying old ladies they're the scum of the earth . Brierfield used to be a great little place and now if you pass through on the bus all you see are little gangs hanging around every corner or been chased by the police. The all area going down the pan.
I live there and its nothing but a glorified ghetto! Sadly the value of my house has dropped to a level i really can't afford to escape. Neighbours on one side of me are drug abusers with the police calling several times a week, most evenings they are knocking hell out of each other and screaming at each other. Half the street don't work but have all the luxuries paid for no doubt by the rest of us. So sadly this story of bag snatchers and general crime is no longer 'news' in this hell hole town.
[quote][p][bold]Snowy-D[/bold] wrote: How can you describe them as men going round bullying old ladies they're the scum of the earth . Brierfield used to be a great little place and now if you pass through on the bus all you see are little gangs hanging around every corner or been chased by the police. The all area going down the pan.[/p][/quote]I live there and its nothing but a glorified ghetto! Sadly the value of my house has dropped to a level i really can't afford to escape. Neighbours on one side of me are drug abusers with the police calling several times a week, most evenings they are knocking hell out of each other and screaming at each other. Half the street don't work but have all the luxuries paid for no doubt by the rest of us. So sadly this story of bag snatchers and general crime is no longer 'news' in this hell hole town. HecticBigBoy
  • Score: 1

9:46am Thu 27 Mar 14

HecticBigBoy says...

Openminded? wrote:
apple10 wrote: I have had youths stopping me from driving down Halifax Road, Brierfield by stepping in front of me. I have been stared at whilst waiting at the traffic lights. I have had kids jumping on the bonnet of the car damaging it whilst parked in Tunstill Place. I have had snowballs with stones in thrown at me by youths whilst waiting at the Pelican crossing. The streets are full of dog muck and rubbish around the Walter Street/Arthur Street area. I now avoid Brierfield. It used to be such a lovely little township.
As an Asian Muslim living in Nelson, I am disgusted at the this type of scum! And am sorry the Asian community is seen as this way !
Sadly there are too many Asians who really are like this and with the high percentage of them in Brierfield it becomes more obvious day by day. I know its only a percentage but Asians will be judged and seen this way unless you (as a race) and your religious leaders do something to get control.
[quote][p][bold]Openminded?[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]apple10[/bold] wrote: I have had youths stopping me from driving down Halifax Road, Brierfield by stepping in front of me. I have been stared at whilst waiting at the traffic lights. I have had kids jumping on the bonnet of the car damaging it whilst parked in Tunstill Place. I have had snowballs with stones in thrown at me by youths whilst waiting at the Pelican crossing. The streets are full of dog muck and rubbish around the Walter Street/Arthur Street area. I now avoid Brierfield. It used to be such a lovely little township.[/p][/quote]As an Asian Muslim living in Nelson, I am disgusted at the this type of scum! And am sorry the Asian community is seen as this way ![/p][/quote]Sadly there are too many Asians who really are like this and with the high percentage of them in Brierfield it becomes more obvious day by day. I know its only a percentage but Asians will be judged and seen this way unless you (as a race) and your religious leaders do something to get control. HecticBigBoy
  • Score: 0

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