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A woman whose purse was stolen while looking after her elderly mother in Diss, has spoken of her shock after learning there is no town CCTV of the incident.

Karen Stevenson, 56, was shopping in Mere Street on September 10 when her mother fell and lay injured on the ground for more than an hour in front of the former tourist information office.

The elderly woman broke her shoulder and pelvis in the fall and is still in hospital, where her daughter described her condition as ‘very poorly’.

Thieves stole Mrs Stevenson’s purse from her handbag while she comforted her mum and then used her contactless credit card three times in quick succession at the Premier Store in Skelton Road, within 30 minutes of the theft.

Mrs Stevenson had hoped town CCTV footage would help capture the thieves, but the Diss Express has learned that the nine CCTV cameras in the town are currently not operational due to "recent technical issues" - and problems with the contractor.

“I am shocked and appalled,” said Mrs Stevenson, a care assistant, who lives in the town.

“There were also problems with the footage captured at the Premier Store, which meant it couldn’t be viewed . I am furious.

“If anyone saw anything, please get in touch with the police.”

Jason Selvarajah, inspector for Diss, said investigations were ongoing and the name of a suspect had been passed to them.

But he added: “Unfortunately, the person who gave us the name was either unwilling or unable to provide a statement.”

Diss Town council is currently looking for a new CCTV contractor.

A spokeswoman, said: "There are nine CCTV cameras positioned in sensitive areas around town and recordings can be viewed remotely by the police when incidents take place.

"Once some recent technical issues have been resolved, the CCTV system should provide a valuable deterrent to illegal and anti-social behaviour and is an effective resource for providing evidence to support law enforcement."

Anyone with any information about the theft, should contact Norfolk police on 101

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