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Sunday, 28 November, 1999, 00:12 GMT
Blair's sister robbed in street
Tony Blair lived at this Islington house Tony Blair lived at this Islington house

Tony Blair's sister was mugged near the prime minister's former home, it has emerged.

Sarah Blair, 43, was attacked and robbed by a youth as she walked home through Islington, north London, on 11 November.

It happened near the house where Mr Blair lived when he was elected prime minister and comes just days before the government is due to unveil new measures to crack down on crime.

A Scotland Yard spokeswoman said: "Police were called at 19.13 on Thursday 11 November to reports of a street robbery in Grange Grove, near the junction with St Paul's Road.

"A 43-year-old female was on her way home from work and had just alighted from a bus. She was walking along and she became aware of someone behind her and moved over to let the person pass.

"She was then grabbed from behind and knocked to the ground. The male suspect grabbed her bag and ran off."

Miss Blair escaped serious injury but lost her blue cloth handbag and its contents.

Grazed knee

The spokeswoman said: "A doctor from a nearby medical centre attended the scene. The victim suffered a graze to her knee but did not need hospital treatment."

She said searches for the suspect and Miss Blair's belongings, which included a mobile phone, purse and pager, were unsuccessful.

The attacker was described as 17-years-old, 5ft 7ins tall and wearing a black balaclava and black gloves.

A Downing Street spokesperson said: "Sarah Blair is a private person who has never sought publicity and has no desire to be in the public eye.

"This story would be of no interest whatsoever were it not for the fact that she was the prime minister's sister.

"Beyond that we have no comment whatsoever."

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