Widow attacked and late husband’s crucifix stolen

Maureen Dickson. Picture: Daily Record
Maureen Dickson. Picture: Daily Record
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A shocked community is rallying around a frail widow after reports she was attacked and her late husband’s crucifix stolen from around her neck.

Maureen Dickson was robbed as she lay bleeding and unconscious on the pavement after a brutal attack.

The 62-year-old from Piershill – known to friends as Mo – has worn the jewellery ever since husband Bob died in 2012.

She had gone out with a friend to Broadfields Bar and claims she was attacked on the way home.

Mrs Dickson needed more than 12 stitches to a gaping wound on her face and suffered a fractured eye socket.

SNP ward councillor Alex Lunn has written to the city council to demand that the victim receives “all the help she needs”.

He added: “I’m shocked by this incident but I know this is a very close community and I’m sure that everyone will rally around.”

Condemning the attack as “despicable and horrendous”, SNP Cllr Stefan Tymkewycz urged anyone with information about the attack or the stolen jewellery to contact police.

The victim has no memory of the attack but thinks she was punched to the ground as she walked home.

She said there were no 
lacerations on her legs which would suggest she didn’t trip.

She said: “I don’t get to go out very much. We were chatting away and listening to people singing karaoke and it was about midnight when I left.

“It’s only a five-minute walk home so I thought it would be fine. The next thing I remember was waking up in the hospital. I was shocked and all sore.”

Geoff Pearson, secretary of Northfield and Willowbrae community council, stressed that incidents like this were rare.

He added: “This is an area where people look out for each other and crime is low.

“Most people feel this is a good place to live so when something like this happens, it upsets people more.”

The couple, who were childhood sweethearts, had been married for more than 40 years.

She started wearing the chains as a memorial and had never taken them off.

Mrs Dickson, who previously worked as a bookkeeper, suffers from several health problems including a stomach illness.

She is looked after by next door neighbour and friend 
Justine, who is also her carer.

A close family friend said: “Mo is a lovely, sweet lady who wouldn’t hurt a fly. She’s well-known in the community as she’s been here for many years, and everyone is disgusted that this could happen to her.

“Mo and Bob were inseparable and she misses him so much. Only an evil scumbag would steal jewellery from the neck of a frail old lady. We’re just praying she gets them back.”

Police Scotland have confirmed they are investigating the incident.

john.connell@edinburghnews.com