Arrest made in connection with robbery of blind man

Police on the beat

A man in his 40s has been arrested in connection with the robbery of blind man in Bedford earlier this month.

On 7 October, a blind man was approached near shops in the Greyfriars area of Bedford and told to hand over cash.

The man refused, but was forcibly stopped as he tried to walk away, and money was taken from his wallet.

A man in his 40s has now been arrested on suspicion of robbery in connection to the incident and is currently in police custody for questioning.

He has also been arrested on suspicion of further robbery and theft offences.

Read: Witnesses sought after blind man is robbed in Greyfriars

Detective Sergeant Simon Oldfield, from Bedfordshire Police’s Crime Investigation Team, said: “This was a terrible incident which left the victim shaken up.

“We won’t stand for the exploitation of vulnerable people in Bedfordshire and we will do everything we can to get justice for victims.”

If you have any information about this incident please call 101 quoting reference 40/54616/20.

You can also provide information online or through Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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