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(B.Post) Local woman speaks out after vicious Eastville Park attack

Wednesday 25 January 2017

By Michael Yong
An elderly woman has spoken out after being viciously attacked in a park while she was walking her dog. Naomi Roberts was in Eastville Park, Fishponds, around 12noon on Monday, January 23, when a robber pushed her to the ground from behind and made away with her handbag. As a result of the incident, the 75-year-old Naomi was left with a fractured cheek bone and broken collar bone, and finds it difficult to chew. Her right eye has also been affected, and is causing her vision to blur. But despite the horrific injuries, Naomi, who lives in St Werburgh's, said she just wanted the man to be caught."I don't want the person to be strung up and have his knee caps shot, like I've read in some places. That's disgusting," she told the Bristol Post. "I think he might have been deranged or on drugs, I'm not sure. I still feel some pain on my face, and am feeling a bit woozy and odd. It can be quite painful when I bite, and my teeth don't work properly." Police issued pictures of the injuries she suffered in hopes of finding the person responsible.

"I don't remember much," she said. "The last thing I do remember was waking upon the side of the field with two people looking at me and helping me. There were four women in total, and they were really nice and waited with me for quite a long time. I do that walk every week. I've got a dog and my it's part of my routine." It's not the first time Naomi was robbed. About 10 years ago, a man made away with her handbag while she was walking home. "They might have tried to pull the bag and that pulled me down," Naomi said. "I can't believe anybody would do this on purpose. They just wanted my bag."

Her bag contained her purse, credit cards, cash and other belongings, but her keys and mobile phone were in her coat pockets. "I really want to thank the women who stayed there. They were really amazing, and stayed with me for a long time. That's lovely," she added. "Obviously, I don't feel too good, but I don't feel unhappy about what happened. Everything is going to work out okay, I'm sure."

Her daughter Joanna said: "It's all a bit vague for her. When I went to the BRI, she was wheeled in and looked absolutely horrendous. She is looking a bit better now, and she can now open her eye. She is very grateful for the women's help, and really wants to thank them." Naomi will have to remain in hospital while she recovers.

PC Aaron Ashford said: "This is a despicable crime carried out on an elderly woman in a public place. I am certain this incident will shock and enrage members of our community. We now need your help to trace the offender and bring them to justice. Were you in the Eastville Park area of Bristol on Monday lunchtime? Did you see anyone acting suspiciously or running or cycling away from the area?" Information, no matter how insignificant you might think it is, might prove crucial to us finding whoever is responsible."

You can contact the police on 101 and quote crime reference number 5217016482 or Crimestoppers, where information can be left anonymously on 0800 555 111.

(Webeditor: Naomi is a well-known, popular and very active local lady with interests ranging from classical music to supporting refugees and conservation work. All her friends locally wish her a speedy recovery)


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