A BRITISH woman aged 100 has been mugged while riding her mobility scooter in Javea on Spain’s Costa Blanca.
Betty Guinness was riding home after meeting friends for coffee on Saturday morning, September 28, when a woman attacked her from behind.
The aggressor tried to pull Betty off her scooter before snatching her bag and running off to a getaway car.
Betty was unhurt, but shaken by the brazen attack in broad daylight.
She said she is ‘determined’ to keep riding her scooter as it is her ‘freedom pass’.
“Many thanks for all the kind and thoughtful people who have written to me. I am so lucky,” she said.
Betty has had to fork out €154 for a replacement phone, while a new garage zapper will cost €50, according to communications officer for Javea U3A Ian Rogerson.
Rogerson described Betty as a ‘much-loved member of Javea U3A’, adding that on her 100th birthday this year she was awarded a lifetime membership to the organisation.
Betty also received a certificate of merit on behalf of the Mayor of Javea, José Chulvi.
“The committee of the U3A have sent their good wishes following her ordeal – and have issued a warning to members to be on their alert for such heartless attacks,” Rogerson added.
Betty has denounced the crime to police. It is understood no witnesses have yet come forwards.