Grandmother who had £1,000 Christmas money stolen overwhelmed by generosity of “good people” of Warrington


VIDEO: AN 85-year-old grandmother who had £1,000 Christmas money stolen during a distraction theft on a bus has been overwhelmed by the generosity of the “good people” of Warrington following a fundraising appeal.

Within just a few days of suffering the heartbreak of having her money stolen Betty from Latchford, has now received more than £1,600 in donations following a fundraising appeal by her granddaughter Roxanne Jones, who contacted Warrington Worldwide to help raise awareness.

Fighting back her tears, Betty, thanked the “good people” of Warrington, saying it showed “there are more good people than bad people.”

The fundraiser was launched after Betty had her money stolen by three female distraction thieves as she travelled home on the No 2 Latchford bus last week. The women had watched her withdraw the money from her bank and then followed her on to the bus.


Betty with granddaughter Roxanne – Picture John Hopkins

Following the theft Cheshire Police issued a public appeal for information stating: “At 3.52pm on Thursday 16 November police were called to reports of a high value theft in Warrington.
“The caller reported that three women had stolen a large amount of cash from an 85-year-old woman who was travelling on the number 2 Latchford bus.
“The women are believed to have distracted the victim after following her onto the bus.
“The investigation is in its early stages and enquiries are ongoing. No arrests have been made at this time.”
Anyone with any information is asked to call Cheshire Police on 101, or at, quoting 1692502.
Warrington Worldwide understands video from the bus has been handed to police investigating the crime.

Family overwhelmed by generosity after fundraiser to replace Grandmother’s stolen Christmas money tops £1,000


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