Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Finalist: Jacy Charville & Lisa Harvey

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Finalist: Jacy Charville & Lisa Harvey

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WHEN a thief stole an Eston pensioner's purse she did not bargain on the bravery of two young women.

Norma Foreman, 71, was in McDonald's on Linthorpe Road, during a trip to Middlesbrough town centre in July, when her purse - containing PS400 cash, bank and payment cards and her bus pass - was stolen.

At the time of the incident, Lisa Harvey, 26 and Jacy Charville, 26, from North Ormesby, were sitting only a couple of tables away from Norma, who was on her own.

When Norma realised her purse had gone, Lisa helped look after the confused and upset grandmother while Jacy chased after one of the suspects, helping police to arrest her.

Norma said: "I only went in for a cup of tea. It ended up being the most expensive cup of tea I have ever had."

Jacy said: "We were in getting something to eat but I am a people watcher. I was watching people on a table near Norma. They were acting weird.

"Then I heard Norma say that someone had pinched her purse. …

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