Kent Police are appealing for information after a disabled woman was robbed of her walking frame on the Isle of Sheppey.
At around 9.15am on Saturday (12th July) the victim - a woman in her 60s - was at a bus stop on Minster Road when two men holding cans of lager walked up to her. They then went on to make derogatory comments to her about her disability and as they walked past, one reached out and punched her on the arm, causing her to fall over.
The pair then grabbed her walking frame and ran off with it, running down the road and disappearing down an alleyway. The woman cut her arm when she fell and was left shocked and distressed.
Detective Sergeant Martin Carter, of Kent Police, told SFM News: "This was a revolting act of mindless aggression against a vulnerable lady who cannot walk far without the aid of her frame. To verbally abuse and belittle her is low enough but to knock her down and steal the frame, leaving her helpless on the ground, is truly despicable and I'm sure the entire community shares our disgust. We are following up a number of lines of enquiry in relation to this and would welcome any information from the public."
The men are described as being around 20 years old, both of skinny build and of 'dirty' appearance. The first was around 5ft 3ins tall, wearing grey jogging bottoms and a grey hooded top with two holes in the right arm. The second was around 5ft 9ins, had sores on his face and wore black jeans, black trainers and a dark grey hooded top.
Anybody with any information regarding the incident is asked to call Kent Police on 101, quoting crime reference XY/024657/14, or alternatively they can call Kent Crimestoppers free (from any landline) and anonymously on 0800 555111.