Scarborough: Seaside attacker hunted

Police hunting a cruel thief who has attacked and robbed three elderly women at Scarborough.

Officers believe the same person is responsible for the attacks which have each involved women in their 80's.

Their handbags were taken, in one case when a 86 yearold woman was approaching the front door of her home, and in another when an 83-year-old was knocked down and robbed on the town's South Cliff.

A police spokesman said: "These have been cruel and wicked attacks on three very vulnerable old ladies who, like many people, were struggling to cope with the ice and snow.