Peterborough grandmother (74) ‘didn’t have time to scream’ during car park mugging

May Overson of Fletton mugged outside Peterborough Conservative Club EMN-160901-192435009
May Overson of Fletton mugged outside Peterborough Conservative Club EMN-160901-192435009
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A 74-year-old grandmother who was mugged in a Peterborough car park said she will never forget her attacker’s eyes.

May Overson, from Fletton, was heading to her taxi after a night at the bingo at the Conservative Club on Broadway near the city centre when the attacker struck on December 30.

Mrs Overson put up a brave struggle to keep hold of her bag, but the cowardly man pushed her to the floor, running off, leaving her bleeding badly from her head.

She said: “I remember it clearly. I had come out after playing bingo. The taxi driver had pulled into the car park, and I was going to get into it when the person grabbed me.

“I struggled. I don’t like letting go of my handbag - a hand bag is a woman’s treasure.

“But I fell to the ground, and I think I hit the ground with so much force I had a black out.

“The taxi driver came over, and went and told people in the club.

“Everyone came out to help.

“They sat me outside, but it was raining, and I wanted to go in. With a bit of help from the barman, I walked inside.

“My head was bleeding badly, so they called the police and the ambulance.

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“They thought I was more badly hurt, and wouldn’t let me move, and then they took me to hospital, and I got patched up.

“It was 3am when I got back home.”

Mrs Overson said the bag had contained some treasured possessions, as well as her bus pass and rail card.

She said: “The most treasured thing was my Olympus Camera. It had some photographs of my garden, and plants - I love gardening, as well as some holiday snaps from about three holidays, and some of my cat. There are lots of lovely photos on their that I won’t get back.

I struggled. I don’t like letting go of my handbag - a hand bag is a woman’s treasure. But I fell to the ground, and I think I hit the ground with so much force I had a black out

May Overson

“We cancelled the bank cards straight away, and I got my bus pass back on Friday.”

Mrs Overson said she would not let the mugger stop her from going out -but she would always remember his eyes.

He said: “He had memorable dark eyes. Really penetrating eyes. When he came and whipped me round, we were face to face, and I will never forget it. They were dark, and sunken.

“It happened so quickly, I didn’t even have time to scream.

“I don’t feel anything about him. You can’t. I just hope no-one else has to go through what I did.”

Mrs Overson has been supported by her family, including husband Richard, since the attack, and said friends had also been and helped, including washing some of her blood stained clothing.

Police are appealing for help to catch the robber, who is described as 5’ 7” and aged in his late 20s or early 30s.

Detective Constable Fran Scott said: “This was a cowardly act that has had a significant impact on the elderly victim.

“We’re urging anyone who recognises the man in the footage or has information on the incident to contact us.”

Anyone with information regarding this incident should contact police on 101, call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111