Former Peterborough mayor attacked in city street

Former Mayor of Peterborough Geoff Ridgway, 85. Photo: Paul Franks
Former Mayor of Peterborough Geoff Ridgway, 85. Photo: Paul Franks
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A former Mayor of Peterborough has praised brave woman who came to his aid after he was mugged buy a cowardly thief in the city on Monday (30 September).

The heartless crook grabbed Geoff Ridgway’s wallet after he had been to pick up a pint of milk from the Co-op in Mayor’s Walk, Peterboroughat about 2.25pm on Monday.

After the thief grabbed the wallet, a woman came to Mr Ridgway’s aid - but she was then herself assaulted by the robber, who eventually made his escape, without the wallet.

Mr Ridgway, who was mayor of Peterborough in 1991, said: “I was holding the wallet in my left hand, and was walking back to my car.

“I was just 12 inches away from the car, when out of nowhere a cyclist came from behind me. I thought he was just going too fast, but he grabbed my arm and my wallet.

“He dropped the wallet as he went towards Aldermans Drive. I started shouting ‘stop him’ and a very brave lady grabbed him. I hit him in the shoulder, and she grabbed him.

“He kept shouting ‘let me go,’ and eventually he got away, with the money on the pavement.”

Mr Ridgway, who suffered cuts and bruises, said after the attack he was in such shock he could not stop shaking for more than an hour, and had struggled to sleep that night.

Now he his keen to speak to the woman to thank her for her incredible bravery.

He said: “I have never seen her before, and she was so brave.

“I want to thank her for coming to help me.”

Now detectives have released a CCTV image of a cyclist they want to speak to in connection with the incident.

Detective Constable Paul Twell, investigating, said: “We are keen to speak to the man pictured as we believe he may have important information which could assist our investigation.”

Anyone with any information about the attack should call DC Twell on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.