Pensioner in Peterborough fought off robber who tried to snatch her bag

A robber who wrestled a woman to the ground in a bid to snatch her bag was caught thanks to an off-duty police officer.

Wednesday, 5th February 2020, 5:29 pm

David Summers (41) approached the 65-year-old woman in Fletton High Street, Peterborough, on July 3.

He pushed her to the ground then grabbed her bag and said: “Give me your phone and I won’t hurt you,” but the victim refused to hand over her phone or bag.

PC Ben Patten was driving home after working a night shift when he noticed Summers and the victim in a struggle on the ground. He pulled over and arrested Summers on suspicion of attempted robbery.

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David Summers

Summers, of no fixed abode, initially claimed the victim had fallen over and he was trying to help her up, but he later pleaded guilty to attempted robbery and was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison at Peterborough Crown Court on Friday.

DC Leeza Phillips, who investigated, said: “I am glad we have managed to get justice for the victim after what must have been such a terrifying ordeal.

“As a police officer you are never off duty and it was lucky PC Patten was in the right place at the right time.”