OAP is mugged on her own doorstep

Margaret Corke, 81, is afraid to go out, after having her handbag snatched for the second time, on her doorstep in Wheatley Hills. She is pictured with her husband Reg, also 81.  Picture: Liz Mockler D2354LM
Margaret Corke, 81, is afraid to go out, after having her handbag snatched for the second time, on her doorstep in Wheatley Hills. She is pictured with her husband Reg, also 81. Picture: Liz Mockler D2354LM

A PENSIONER is too scared to go out on her own after being robbed on her doorstep for the second time.

Margaret Corke, 81, told the Free Press she has been frightened to leave her home in Sandalwood Close ever since the mugging and wants more police presence or CCTV to be installed in her neighbourhood.

Mrs Corke had her key in her door when the callous robber snatched her over-the-shoulder handbag containing items including a Samsung phone and money.

The stunned pensioner screamed to her 81-year-old husband Reg inside her house: “I’ve been robbed again.”

The horrifying ordeal echoed a similar incident a few years back when a man on a bike grabbed her handbag in the street.

She said: “I won’t go to places on my own now, I’m too scared to. I don’t think I will get over this after the second time.

“I can’t believe he did it on my own doorstep, he just yanked the bag from around my neck.

“He was so quick I couldn’t react, I just shouted to my husband ‘I’ve been robbed again’. I saw him run off towards Leger Way. I just can’t believe it.”

Mrs Corke has since been visited by St Leger Homes staff after appealing for CCTV cameras to be installed somewhere in the Wheatley Hills cul-de-sac because the properties are occupied by elderly residents who need more safety.

Susan Jordan, chief executive of the authority which manages over 21,000 Doncaster Council homes, said the incident would be reported at the next Neighbourhood Action Group.

A South Yorkshire Police spokesman also confirmed it was looking into the mugging, which happened on Saturday morning just after 10am.

Anyone with any information, or who believes that they may have witnessed the incident, is urged to contact the police on 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, quoting incident number 407 of August 25.