Police hunt man on mobility scooter
Police are trying to track down an unlikely getaway driver - a man on a mobility scooter who escaped the scene at just 4mph.Officers have today released CCTV images of a the man they would like to speak to following an incident in a supermarket.
A 79-year-old woman was shopping at a Tesco store in Portsmouth, Hampshire, when she placed one of her shopping bags on the floor as she stopped to pick up some groceries.
She then walked away, forgetting to take the bag that contained a purse with £90 in it, and it was taken from the store.
Police are now looking for the man on a mobility scooter who was captured on CCTV.
Investigating officer, PC Sara White, said: "I would like to hear from anyone who can identify the man pictured in the CCTV as I believe he may be able to assist with enquiries."
The UK is now the mobility scooter capital of Europe, with nearly 300,000 of the chairs in use compared to just 70,000 five years ago, it was revealed earlier this month.
Some are limited to a top speed of 4mph, whilst others are capable of achieving speeds of up to 8mph.
It is not the first time that police have had to appeal for help in tracing a driver who made a low speed get-away.
In May last year Dorset police released CCTV images of a woman mobility scooter driver who allegedly knocked a 63-year-old down in a hit and run outside a butchers shop.
In 2007 a pensioner managed to give officers the slip in Middlesbrough when he took a sharp turning off the road as they chased him at 8mph.