Horrifying footage shows an 89-year-old woman being viciously mugged at a bus stop, leaving her with serious injuries.
In the clip, the frail victim is waiting for a bus when her bag is snatched, causing her to topple forwards and break her arm in the sickening incident in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, YorkshireLive reports.
Her attacker, Kirsty Moxon, appeared to check nobody was watching before hitting her over the back of the head and snatching the bag and walking frame.
She then runs away from the scene, leaving her elderly victim lying helpless and wounded in the road.
The footage was captured at around 1.30 pm on November 17 last year, at a bus stop in Wingfield.
A total of £300 cash was taken from the victim in the attack, along with her car keys and bank card.
Moxon was arrested by detectives just hours later and has since been jailed for two and a half years, after pleading guilty to robbery.
PC Jack Mitchell, investigating said: "This was a particularly shocking incident which saw a vulnerable woman targeted and attacked.
"Although we were very quickly able to apprehend Moxon, the attack left the woman requiring a prolonged period of recovery, taking away her independence."
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But the community rallied around in support of the elderly victim after a GoFundMe was set up by Keeley Smith, 34, to reimburse the stolen cash.
The fundraiser amassed over £1,500 in just a few days.
Keeley said: "I read the news about the woman online and I just couldn't settle thinking that she was hurt and alone.
"Also maybe that she had no money left.
"£300 is a lot to anyone right now, but more so to a pensioner."
PC Mitchell said that the community response to the fundraiser had been "tremendous".
He added: "I want to wholeheartedly thank everyone involved in this, for their positive response and support they have provided to both us and the victim.
"I am glad we were able to put Moxon before the courts and secure a custodial sentence.
"Our job is to protect the most vulnerable people in our society, and I do hope the local community is reassured by the fast and positive action taken by us in this case."
Moxon, of Whitegate Walk, admitted robbery at an earlier hearing and was jailed for two and a half years at Sheffield Crown Court on Thursday, January 14.
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