By Connie Osborne Friday 23 August 2013 Updated: 23/08 17:08
AN ELDERLY man who was robbed of his pension just moments after collecting it has been reimbursed by police.
Gerald Harbon had just withdrawn his £240 pension when he was approached by a man asking for directions in Alcester Street in May.
After the man had left, the 93-year-old realised his money had been stolen from his pocket.
Mr Harbon said he was initially annoyed following the incident as he felt he was being watched in the Post Office and then followed.
"I can’t understand why people like this target those of my age. But I could have been harmed and was just grateful that I wasn’t hurt."
Although no one was arrested for the incident, PC Adrian Corrigan recommended the case to the West Mercia Police Community Fund, which is a registered charity set up to benefit victims of crime through voluntary donations from staff and well-wishers as well as receiving a share of seized property which is sold.
PC Corrigan said: "We are very pleased to be able to replace Mr Harbon’s stolen money. Crimes against elderly people are particularly despicable, so it was nice to be able to bring him some good news."
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