Does playing or being involved in bingo make you braver? Perhaps it gives you an insight into how people operate and how to avoid any potential trouble.
Bingo caller Janet Croft from East Lancashire was walking home from work on Wednesday August 6th when she was violently attacked by two young men.
The 59 year old was crossing Holland Street, just minutes from her home when she was approached from behind.
She said she felt a blow to the right side of her face and a man then came from the left side and tried to grab her handbag. Showing her bravery and determination to save something from the attack, Jane refused to let go of her handbag.
The mum-of-three said: “He hit me on the side of my face and knocked my glasses off. The other lad knocked me in the ribs but I don’t think it was intentional – I think he was just trying to make off with my handbag.”
Mrs Croft managed to flee to her home, but the men, described as slim white youths between the ages of 16 and 21, loitered on the street and watched her house.
“I was lucky to be so close to home and could run right in. I don’t know if they chased me, but when I looked out the window they were still there. It was all such a shock and I couldn’t sleep – I was just pacing, trying to make sense of what happened. I was annoyed with myself and thinking I should have been more alert or got a taxi home.”
Jane has been a bingo caller at Molly Rigby’s Club in Mill Street for 10 years and says she has always felt safe walking home after her shifts.
She added to the description of her experience: “I only live a few minutes away and it’s on a main road. My husband always says to get a taxi home but I don’t. You just never think this will happen.”
Detectives are appealing for information about the attack. Detective Constable Harvinder Uppal said: “I am keen to speak with anyone who can provide us with information about these men. We have examined CCTV in the area and are following other avenues.
The Detective was keen to point out that despite her bravery, Jane has been left “shaken and distressed” by the incident.
Both attackers are described as slim white youths aged between 16 and 21 years old. One wore dark jogging bottoms and a grey hoody, and the second wore dark jogging bottoms and a dark hoody.
Anybody with information is asked to contact police on 01282 472518, through Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.