Holiday maker dies after handbag stolen in Bridlington

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A 73-year-old woman died after a cyclist allegedly robbed her of her handbag while she was on her mobility scooter in Bridlington.

Pamela Roddis, from Sheffield, was on holiday alone in Bridlington when her handbag, containing £300 in cash and a Nokia mobile phone, was stolen outside the Gala Club in Promenade on Saturday 26 January.

The cyclist, pictured in the CCTV still, rode past her at around 10.15am near the bus stop and stole her black shopping bag.

She was so shaken by the theft she cut her holiday short and returned to Sheffield the next day.

Four days later, on Thursday 30 January, Ms Roddis died of a brain haemorrhage at Northern General Hospital in Sheffield.

Although her ordeal cannot be evidentially linked to her death, PC Robert Brigham and her brother Barry Neilson, 62, believe the stress and upset of the theft may have contributed to her deterioration in health.

PC Robert Brigham, who is investigating the theft, said: “I have located two CCTV stills of a man on a bike I would very much like to speak to in connection with the theft of handbag.

“It was sad to hear Ms Roddis had passed away back in Sheffield, before I could identify her offender and bring him to justice. Now I must do so for her family in order for them to grieve.

“I have spoken to her immediate family and passed on our condolences, not just from the police force, but on behalf of Bridlington. Pamela Roddis chose for the past ten years to holiday with us for a week at a time every month, and her very last visit to our seaside town, she was left shaken, upset and saddened.

“Bridlington relies on holiday makers to bring revenue to the area and we do not want this theft to tarnish our otherwise wonderful reputation for being a family friendly seaside town.

“In Ms Roddis’s memory I need the public to help identify the cyclist shown in the CCTV, who I believe can help me with my enquiries.”

Pamela will have been well known in the Bridlington area, making friends and getting to know many of the guest house owners in Bridlington.

If anyone can help assist PC Brigham with identifying the person seen on the bicycle in the CCTV stills, please contact Humberside Police on 101, quoting crime reference number CW/2023076/2014.