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Community rallies after cash stolen from pensioner in Diss




A community has come together to help a man in his 90s, who had money stolen by thieves.

The theft occurred in Market Place, Diss, on December 10 between 10.30am and 11.45am, when the pensioner withdrew a large quantity of money from a cash machine.

He later realised it had been stolen.

The people of Diss and surrounding areas have raised money after cash was stolen from a pensioner. Picture by Mecha Morton.
The people of Diss and surrounding areas have raised money after cash was stolen from a pensioner. Picture by Mecha Morton.

After reading about the incident on the Diss Express website, Brockdish man Justin Clarke decided to set up a gofundme page in order to replace the money the man had lost.

“I saw this and was pretty disgusted that someone could have the gall to rob someone, especially a man in his 90s,” said Mr Clarke, 48.

“I just wanted to do some good for a change – it’s the right thing to do. Social media is used for moaning and groaning and this was an opportunity to do some good.”

Within 24 hours, more than £560 had been raised thanks to 54 people offering donations.

“I was surprised by the response,” said Mr Clarke, a father-of-one. “It’s a good test of a community, isn’t it? When something needs to be done, do they come together and actually do it? And they did, which is fantastic.

“It’s nice to see the community pulling together and saying: ‘no, we don’t accept this, we aren’t all bad’”.

Mr Clarke has already spoken to the victim’s family, who have expressed the wish to donate the money raised to St Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich.

“Diss is a small market town and I don’t want any old person to feel like it’s somewhere they can’t go,” said Mr Clarke.

“Hopefully, it will show him that the community at large has his wellbeing at heart.”

Mr Clarke said the level of donations spoke volumes. “A big thank you to the people of Diss for showing such community spirit,” he added.

After issuing a CCTV appeal of the two men they wanted to trace, a spokesman for Norfolk Police said: “Both men have now been identified and a man in his 20s has been arrested. Officers would like to thank the media and the public for their help with this appeal.”

The man has now been released on bail.

This article appeared in the Diss Express on December 20.


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