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Continued appeal following Stanmore robbery

 Published on: 20th October 2017   |   By: The Newsdesk   |   Category:

Detectives continue to appeal for witnesses and information following a robbery that has left an elderly woman critically ill in hospital. Officers are today, Monday November 16, releasing an image of a similar style handbag to that stolen from the victim that they wish to trace. The bag was taken from Marian Botos, 70 after she was assaulted outside her home in Curzon Avenue, Stanmore on Saturday, November 7. It is described as slim with a brown leather look, rectangular in shape, in a clutch style with a zip top and long thin shoulder strap. Inside it contained a number of items that included a black purse with metal clip fastening, black fabric gloves and red lipstick. Marian was assaulted at the location at around 7.10pm on after she had caught the bus home from shopping in Edgware. She suffered a serious head injury during the robbery and remains in hospital in a critical condition. Earlier that day Marian had been selling poppies in Harrow Town Centre, before going shopping. Her handbag has not yet been recovered. The suspect is described as a white man, aged in his late 30s and 5ft 8ins tall. He was wearing a grey or dark coloured top, black trainers and a dark coloured hat. It is believed that he fled the scene in a white car-derived van. Detective Chief Inspector Andy Chalmers, from the Homicide and Major Crime Command (HMCC), who is leading the investigation said: “We are urging anyone who recognises this handbag to come forward and help us with our enquiries. “It is fairly distinctive; someone may have found it discarded in the street or saw Marian’s attacker in possession of it when he fled the scene. “Marian remains in hospital in a critical but stable condition. She was practically on her doorstep when she was attacked and robbed of her handbag and I would urge anyone who may know something that may help us catch the person responsible then please get in touch.” Two men [A] 45-yrs and [B] 44-yrs were arrested by local officers from Harrow on suspicion of robbery on Friday 13 November, after a vehicle stop in a street and have since been bailed pending further enquiries. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Incident Room on 0208 358 0100, or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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