Charge over Portsmouth theft from terminally ill man

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A man has been charged with stealing £9,000 from a terminally ill pensioner as he rode home in his scooter.

The man, 71, who has one leg, Parkinson's disease and an inoperable tumour, was carrying his money in a bag on the front of the vehicle.

He was approached by a man who stole the bag in Arundel Street, Portsmouth, on 19 June.

Paul Cox, 43, of Furze Lane, Southsea, was charged with theft to appear before Portsmouth magistrates on 3 September.

Police said the money had been paid to the man as compensation for Asbestosis.

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