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Monday, October 18, 1999 Published at 14:56 GMT 15:56 UK

UK: Northern Ireland

Pensioner mugged for 40p

Bridie McGeown: Attackers ought to be locked up

A 72-year-old woman who was beaten and robbed of just 40p has been describing her ordeal.

BBC NI's Maggie Swarbrick: The injured pensioner had just 40p and a bottle of medicine when attacked
Bridie McGeown was a walking along the Portadown Road in Lurgan, County Antrim on Sunday night, when she was attacked from behind by two youths.

Speaking from her hospital bed, she said she had only a bottle of medicine and the price of a bus fare in her handbag when she was knocked to the ground and robbed.

"I was shocked a bit, more scared than anything," she said.

"I was lying on the road. He gave me that big a shake.

"I got an awful fright, I did. I thought I was dead."

The injured pensioner said that she was speaking about the attack because she wanted people to realise that there was a "real person behind the news headlines".

She said about her attackers: "I think they need locked up."

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