Pensioner, 79, left black and blue by thieves trying to steal mobility scooter

A cancer-stricken pensioner was beaten black and blue after being targeted by thieves for her mobility scooter.

Ida Brown, 79, revealed her shocking injuries after two suspects dragged her face against a pebble-dashed wall in a horrific botched robbery.

The pair issued a chilling warning to Ida, who is battling leukaemia and recently went under the knife for a heart procedure, telling her they would return.

Brave Ida told how she would like to ‘throttle’ the would-be-thieves, who left her with severe facial bruising and a badly injured knee.

‘They are rubbish in my mind,’ she said. ‘They wouldn’t dare pick on someone who would fight back. Elderly people are probably all they will pick on.’

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Ida, who lives alone, said her cat was alerted by a noise outside her home in Dunston, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, around 5.30am on Sunday morning.

She told how she got a ‘hell of a shock’ after opening the door to find the suspects outside.

She believes they were trying to steal her scooter, worth £1,300 – but thankfully it was secure.

‘It was all over before I even realised what had happened,’ said Ida, who spent five hours in A&E after the ordeal.

‘I’ve never been scared before, but now I’ve been told to keep my door locked.’

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Pensioner, 79, left black and blue by thieves trying to steal mobility scooter

The pensioner was unable to get a good look at her attackers but believes they were in their late teens or early 20s and had Geordie accents.

Ida, who has been employed since she was 15, added: ‘I worked until I was 77 at a school.

‘I did that so I could get a bit of money for when I did stop, and I resent it being stolen off me when I’ve worked for that all of my life.’

Now police are investigating the ‘abhorrent attack on the vulnerable pensioner’.

Neighbourhood Inspector Alan Davison, of Northumbria Police, said: ‘The mobility scooter would clearly belong to someone with a vulnerability and I find it appalling that anyone would try to take it away from someone in need.

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‘To then shove an elderly woman into a wall, and cause the level of injury that they have done, is beyond comprehension and I know the wider community will share our anger.’

Mr Davison urged anyone with information to come forward, adding: ‘We have carried out extensive enquiries already but we need the help of those living in the Dunston area if we are to identify who they are.’

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