Peterborough pensioner robbed for just 50p in terrifying and ‘cowardly’ attack

Alfia Barnett
Alfia Barnett

A Peterborough pensioner was robbed by a man who stole just 50p in a terrifying incident in the city.

Alfia Barnett, (84), had just arrived home at about 11.45am today, Thursday July 13, and was at her front door in Highbury Street when a man forced his way past her, pushing her out of the way.

He grabbed her handbag and stole 50p before leaving on a bicycle.

Alfia was shocked and shaken and suffered minor injuries.

The man is described as white, 6’1’’, aged in his 20s or 30s, with facial hair and wearing a dark hoody.

Detective Sergeant Tom Rowe said: “This was a cowardly attack in which the robber targeted a vulnerable lady, using force to gain entry into her home.

“We believe the robber may have followed Alfia, who had a handbag and shopping cart with her, from the bus stop at the junction of Taveners Road and Lincoln Road, so I would urge anyone who was in that area to consider whether they saw anything.”

Anyone with information regarding this incident should call police on 101 quoting CF0398100717 or visit Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111 or via