National hunt for woman after £10,000 stolen from bedridden 91-year-old as she lay dying in hospital

National hunt for woman after £10,000 stolen from bedridden 91-year-old as she lay dying in hospital
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By Paul Fisher

Police are seeking the public’s help to trace a woman after more than £10,000 was stolen from a bedridden hospital patient.

91-year-old Mary Banks lay confined to her bed and suffering from dementia in Peterborough City Hospital in September, when her purse was stolen.

Her bank card was used to fraudulently pay for groceries and clothes, as well as withdrawing cash.

The card was reported as stolen on Friday October 12, four days after Mary passed away.

Officers would like to speak to June Weatherman, 54, in connection with the incident.

Anybody who knows Weatherman’s whereabouts are urged to contact the police by dialing 999, and quoting ’35/36955/18′.

Jim Banks, Mary’s son, said: “My mother was 91 years old, suffering from dementia, was immobile and had severe breathing problems when her purse was stolen as she lay in bed.

“She would have been completely unaware of where she was let alone that she was being robbed by a despicable and immoral individual who has preyed on the sick and vulnerable.

“She died within four weeks of being robbed. It defies belief that anybody could stoop so low and I am appealing for the public’s help in catching whoever is responsible so that no other family has to face a similar heartache.”

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CCTV from Peterborough City Hospital

PC Lewis Busby said: “I would urge anyone with information about this crime to contact us or who thinks they know the woman in the CCTV.

“My thoughts go with the family who are dealing with the loss of their loved one and now have to deal with this alongside it.”

Anyone who recognises the woman pictured or has any information is asked to call police on 101 quoting ’35/36955/18′.

Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org

This article originally appeared on our sister site, Peterborough Telegraph.