An 87-year-old woman has been left fighting for her life following a robbery in Camden.

Officers were called to Albert Street, Camden at 20:05hrs on Tuesday, 22 November, to reports of a robbery.

An 87-year-old woman was returning home from grocery shopping nearby when she was followed into the communal lobby of her block of flats by an unknown man.

The woman, who has always been a Camden resident, asked the man who he was there to see. The man did not reply but snatched the victim’s bag and made-off at speed in an unknown direction.

The victim, a former art teacher and keen artist, entered her flat and told a relative that she lives with what happened. The relative left the room to call police. When she returned, the victim was found collapsed.

London Ambulance Service attended and took the victim to a north London hospital with life-threatening injuries. She remains in hospital in a critical condition.

The suspect has been described as a tall black male.

Detective Inspector Adam Ghaboos, from Camden CID said: “This was a nasty robbery which has left an elderly lady fighting for her life. Our thoughts are with the victim and her family and friends during this difficult time.

“We are determined to find the person responsible and we would urge any witnesses or anyone with information to contact the police or Crimestoppers as soon as possible.”

No arrests have been made and enquiries continue.

Any witnesses or anyone with information can call police on 101.

Information can also be reported to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or at

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