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COVENTRY, UK – On Sunday 5th of December an 88 year old lady was robbed of her £120 bingo winnings as she made her way home from her local bingo hall. According to reports the woman was knocked to the ground and suffered injuries to her knees and wrists as her assailant took her handbag.

Land based bingo halls have been struggling in recent years to attract customers and compete with the seemingly ever growing and popular online bingo sites. They have also had to deal with the smoking ban and the deep recession.

News like this will not help the reputation of bingo halls and if older players don’t feel safe on their way to and from their preferred bingo halls, they will lose more of their core customers.

It is not known whether the attacker was present in the bingo hall or overheard conversation while travelling on the same bus, or was simply an opportunist. Warwickshire police announced that they are actively seeking the attacker.

Although attacks like this are rare, it is unlikely that the victim will return to play bingo as she will fear for her safety every time she makes the trip.