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Elderly mugging victim dies from head injury
A 90-year-woman has died in hospital from head injuries sustained in a callous drive-by mugging.
Connie Mitchell from Meltham in West Yorkshire was walking home from her daily shop when a small blue car pulled alongside and the driver reached out and grabbed her handbag.
The force and shock of the assault knocked the pensioner over and she banged her head on the pavement. Police and paramedics were called to the scene and Mrs Mitchell was rushed to hospital.
Her condition deteriorated over the next few weeks and she eventually passed away in her sleep. There is no suggestion of medical malpractice.
A West Yorkshire Police spokesperson said, "Mrs Mitchell died from complications as a result of a head injury she got in the incident."
The widow was a popular figure in the community and had lived in Meltham for over 50 years. A member of the local council paid tribute to her, saying, "The mood in the village is one of great shock and sadness."
"Mrs Mitchell was a happy, contented and independent person who loved walking down to the shops in the village centre."
Detectives have stepped up their search for the attacker and are now appealing for any witnesses to the incident to contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or go to www.crimestoppers-uk.org.