CARING traders rallied together to support a 73-year-old woman who was robbed of her treasured trolley in Clacton last week.
Louise Anne Wyles and Maria Revell, from Clacton Covered Market, arranged a collection for the woman after hearing about the robbery, which happened in West Avenue at around 5pm on Sunday, November 18.
They managed to raise enough money to buy her a new tartan trolley, helping to get her independence back.
The woman also received various gifts from stall holders within the market and a hamper from Morrisons, in Waterglade Retail Park.
Det Con Mike Evans, of Clacton CID, said: “I have told the woman and she was overwhelmed with delight when she heard of the generosity of businesses.
“She said their actions have restored her faith that there are good people in the town and spoke highly of the kindness shown.
“I personally want to thank everyone who rallied together to support her.
“Having been an officer here for some time now, I was not surprised to hear about this goodwill because this community really does care.”
Detectives are continuing to appeal for information about the incident, which saw a man with a bike barge the victim, causing her to fall.
The man then cycled off with her trolley, which included her bank cards, phone, keys and handbag.
Anyone with information is asked to call Clacton CID on 101 quoting crime reference 42/168743/18 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.