HeadLine: Mugger flees with church collection
Daily Record, 23/02/1999, p21
by SHAUN MILNE
A TEENAGE thief robbed a 56-year-old woman of a £900 church collection.
Farmer’s wife Violet Fleming was taking the cash to a bank night safe
when her 6ft 2in attacker struck.
He pushed Mrs Fleming to the ground, grabbed a bag containing the
cash and fled with a younger companion.
The Reverend Forbes Walker, of Avondale Old and Drumclog Parish
Church in Strathaven, Lanarkshire, said yesterday: “The lady was
shocked but thankfully not injured.
“I don’t know if the thief knew this money was from the church. If he
did, then the matter is far worse.
“This robbery is symptomatic of what has been happening in the area.
A post office and a local shopkeeper have both been robbed recently.”
The thief, slim and aged about 16, was wearing a blue woolly hat, a
dark weather- proof jacket with white horizontal stripes, and white
The second youth, aged around 14 or 15, was 4ft 8in and was wearing a
navy blue jacket with a yellow design.
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