A PENSIONER has made a heartbreaking tearful plea for the return of her stolen purse.
Pauline Walker, 86, was out purchasing in Coalville, Leicestershire over the weekend when she realised her purse, which solely contained £10 however had sentimental worth, had vanished.
Her devoted husband, Geoff, 89, rapidly posted a plea to his Instagram account.
The couple gained a mass following on the ‘gram as a consequence of Geoff’s loving posts about his spouse – rapidly gaining 1000’s of followers in a single day after a neighbour’s tweet concerning the loved-up OAP’s account went viral.
‘I COULDN’T BELIEVE IT’
Within the video, Pauline sobs on Geoff’s shoulder as he explains her purse has “sentimental worth”.
Geoff tells followers: “Now she could be very upset. If you happen to discover a purse, as a result of they’ll throw a handbag down, they received’t hold a handbag”.
Between sobs a heartbroken Pauline provides: “It’s black”.
Geoff says: “It’s obtained cellphone numbers in of the kids and every thing. The cash shall be gone, however she’d just like the purse again. Like to all people”.
The video rapidly gained traction, being shared and preferred 1000’s of occasions on varied social media platforms.
Talking to Holly and Phil on GMB earlier at present, Pauline mentioned: “I used to be actually stunned. I couldn’t consider what good buddies we’ve got.
“I used to be supplied so many purses. I’ve additionally had a bouquet of flowers”,
The pensioners, married 68 years, had been inundated by well-wishers and supplied money, purses and flowers to assist make up for Pauline’s heartbreak.
LOOKING ON THE BRIGHT SIDE
In a second video posted to the pair’s feed a stern Pauline admits she is “nonetheless very cross” concerning the incident, however thanks followers for his or her help.
She says: “‘I’m feeling quite a bit higher this morning However I’m nonetheless very cross with the individuals who stole it. Thanks very a lot, love you all. Thanks, goodbye”.
Pauline says the one time she left her purse unattended was in a restaurant the place she ordered a tea and handled herself to a shortbread – she had popped over to the counter to chase up her cuppa and thinks it may need been swiped then.
The thief used Pauline’s financial institution card to purchase Greggs earlier than her financial institution contacted Geoff and have been capable of block the cardboard, however she has been reimbursed.
Pauline mentioned: “I really feel sorry for the particular person – they will need to have been hungry as a result of they went straight to Gregg’s to make use of it”.
However this morning on Good Morning Britain the couple extremely received £1,000 – greater than sufficient to bag Pauline a brand new purse.
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Geoff mentioned of the heartache: “We’ve moved on from that now.
“We don’t dwell on destructive issues too lengthy. We wish to current a contented face”.
Geoff, who was stationed in Asia whereas serving with the Royal Leicestershire Regiment, has extremely written a guide detailing his and Pauline’s love letters referred to as Parted by Battle.