Ashington gran with cancer attacked by 'coward on a bike'

A great grandmother with terminal cancer was left with a broken wrist and facial injuries after being mugged yards from her front door

Marilyn Massie, 63, from Ashington, who was mugged just yards from her home
Marilyn Massie, 63, from Ashington, who was mugged just yards from her home

A great grandmother with terminal cancer was left with a broken wrist and facial injuries after being mugged yards from her front door.

Marilyn Massie, 63, who is undergoing chemotheraphy for terminal lung and spine cancer, was walking home from the pub on Sunday night when she was pushed to the ground and robbed.

Mrs Massie’s handbag was stolen along with her phone and money.

She was left with a broken wrist, a possible broken nose and facial injuries.

Divorced Mrs Massie, who has three sons Mark, 46, Scott, 42 and Philip, 39, stepson Gavin, 24 and 11 grandchildren and three great grandchildren, last night said: “I am shocked and really upset, really hurt that it has happened to me.

“I have enough going on in my life the last year and a half, fighting cancer and being told it is terminal. It is just the final straw.”

Mrs Massie, of Chestnut Street, Ashington, Northumberland, found out she had lung cancer 14 months ago.

Two months ago, she was given the devastating news the cancer had spread to her spine and was therefore terminal.

The retired staff nurse at Morpeth’s Northgate Hospital was walking home from a nearby pub at 11pm on Sunday.

Having dropped her friend off, she was just yards from her front door when the attack happened.

Marilyn Massie was attacked as she walked home from a night out with friends
Marilyn Massie was attacked as she walked home from a night out with friends
 

Mrs Massie said: “The next thing I knew someone was pushing me. I looked and there was a young man on a pushbike, he grabbed my handbag as I fell down. I landed smack onto my face.”

Her bag was taken, inside which was her purse containing �10 and �5 notes and change.

The robber also took her mobile phone, perfume, lipstick and inhaler, and tobacco for her son.

Mrs Massie managed to get herself to her feet and into her house where she told her family to phone police.

She was taken to nearby Wanbseck General Hospital with a badly broken wrist – which had to be manipulated back into place – and facial injuries. Doctors will not know whether her nose is broken until swelling has gone down.

She said of the thief: “I just wish I could see him.

“I would give him a piece of my mind.

“It is a cowardly act.”

Northumbria Police have put out a description of the thief as in his late teens or early 20s, with dark hair and a slim build.

Detective Sergeant Tracey Moore said: “This was a callous and cowardly attack on a vulnerable woman.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555 111.

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