Blind woman forgives Big Issue seller Razvan Dumitru who stole from her and rediscovers faith in humanity

This Is Local London: Miss Phillips with Det Con Blunden Miss Phillips with Det Con Blunden

A blind woman who was taken advantage of by a Big Issue seller who stole £50 from her said she has forgiven the thief.

She also said she rediscovered her faith in humanity following the theft after a series of kind acts in the wake of the incident.

Sutton woman Jane Phillips, 66, is totally blind but still usually gave money to Big Issue seller Razvan Dumitru outside Morrison's in Sutton town centre despite not being able to read the magazine.

As Miss Phillips went to give Dumitru some money on Saturday, November 30, he reached in and swiped £50 form her purse. Passers-by saw the incident and Dumitru was apprehended. Police arrived and found the stolen notes hidden in the pages of his magazines.

Homeless Romanian Dumitru, 22, admitted theft in front of Croydon magistrates on December 2 and has been remanded in custody pending sentence.

Despite the deplorable act, Miss Phillips, who lives with her identical twin sister Mary in Benhill Wood Road, said she has forgiven Dumitru for his crime and rediscovered her faith in humanity after Morrison's gave her £200 in vouchers as a present and other people including her sister rallied around her.

Miss Phillips said: "[After it happened] I wasn't feeling well for a few days. I felt a bit tired, a bit sad that someone would do that.

"I suppose it did make me lose faith in human nature but after it happened so many people were kind to me that I started to feel that he's just one bad person among a lot of good people.

"I have forgiven him but I still feel like he should say sorry to me. If I met him again I'd just say to him that I hope he regrets what he did."

Detective Constable Lee Blunden, who investigated the case, presented Miss Phillips with her Morrison's vouchers last week. On receiving the gift, miss Phillips said: "I've got tears in my eyes. I never expected anything like this. Everyone has just been so kind.

"My sister said I've been really brave and bought me a lovely musical box and our neighbours invited us for a meal."

Miss Phillips said she would spend some of the money on buying food for Christmas.

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12:47pm Mon 16 Dec 13

AlexTB says...

I think that was nice of Morrison's to give her £200 of vouchers.
I think that was nice of Morrison's to give her £200 of vouchers. AlexTB

6:01pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Mrttsisahero says...

Well done PCSO Blundon great work.
Well done PCSO Blundon great work. Mrttsisahero

6:16pm Mon 16 Dec 13

AlexTB says...

Mrttsisahero wrote:
Well done PCSO Blundon great work.
He is not a PCSO, he is a DC. Detective Constable.
[quote][p][bold]Mrttsisahero[/bold] wrote: Well done PCSO Blundon great work.[/p][/quote]He is not a PCSO, he is a DC. Detective Constable. AlexTB

12:12am Tue 17 Dec 13

moonie77 says...

The robbing immigrant who badgers everyone outside this shop should be sent back to Romania. This country is to soft and we are paying for it.literally. God help us when the borders open for the Romanians. In general I think anyone that could do this to someone should be punished, regardless of race, colour etc. And well done to the public for helping Miss Philips.
The robbing immigrant who badgers everyone outside this shop should be sent back to Romania. This country is to soft and we are paying for it.literally. God help us when the borders open for the Romanians. In general I think anyone that could do this to someone should be punished, regardless of race, colour etc. And well done to the public for helping Miss Philips. moonie77

1:30pm Tue 17 Dec 13

bellboy007 says...

Can't remember the exact statistics (I'm sure someone on here can) but the percentrage of Romanians already over here and that have committed crime is truly staggering and frightening. I've had my own personal bad exerience when they tried to pinch my wife's handbag in a restaurant, luckily someone spotted him just before he had it away but unbelievably he had the audacity to threaten me when I approached him. Just look at the pickpocket rings that plague the major cities, these are mass, very slickly organised networks, just think how bad it will be when the rest of them come (and they will) come the start of the year. Don't say I didn't warn you!
Can't remember the exact statistics (I'm sure someone on here can) but the percentrage of Romanians already over here and that have committed crime is truly staggering and frightening. I've had my own personal bad exerience when they tried to pinch my wife's handbag in a restaurant, luckily someone spotted him just before he had it away but unbelievably he had the audacity to threaten me when I approached him. Just look at the pickpocket rings that plague the major cities, these are mass, very slickly organised networks, just think how bad it will be when the rest of them come (and they will) come the start of the year. Don't say I didn't warn you! bellboy007

7:00pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Liberals are deluded says...

The only answer to mass unczontrolled immigration is mass deportations
The only answer to mass unczontrolled immigration is mass deportations Liberals are deluded

10:48pm Tue 17 Dec 13

SouthLondoner65 says...

Thank God few people in Britain are like 'Liberals Are Deluded'.
Mate, are you a member of the BNP?
We'd all agree that the thief is an unpleasant man, but his nationality has nothing to do with it. Also, the victim has forgiven the thief so she obviously wouldn't like to see how you've turned this into a race hate piece! Your comments are always so hateful and nasty, especially some of your previous postings. You're obviously just a very angry and unpleasant character. A large part of my background is German/Romanian Jewish ... I suppose I should 'go back to where I come from' too? Lol!
Your views on immigrants are not only largely false (as immigration has largely been of great benefit to Britain) but also offensive.
I hope I never bump into someone like you... The only deluded person here is you. Get some figures regarding how immigration has so ruined Britain and how justify your blatest Nationalism before being taken seriously. You're just a joke, man!
Thank God few people in Britain are like 'Liberals Are Deluded'. Mate, are you a member of the BNP? We'd all agree that the thief is an unpleasant man, but his nationality has nothing to do with it. Also, the victim has forgiven the thief so she obviously wouldn't like to see how you've turned this into a race hate piece! Your comments are always so hateful and nasty, especially some of your previous postings. You're obviously just a very angry and unpleasant character. A large part of my background is German/Romanian Jewish ... I suppose I should 'go back to where I come from' too? Lol! Your views on immigrants are not only largely false (as immigration has largely been of great benefit to Britain) but also offensive. I hope I never bump into someone like you... The only deluded person here is you. Get some figures regarding how immigration has so ruined Britain and how justify your blatest Nationalism before being taken seriously. You're just a joke, man! SouthLondoner65

12:01am Wed 18 Dec 13

Liberals are deluded says...

SouthLondoner65 wrote:
Thank God few people in Britain are like 'Liberals Are Deluded'.
Mate, are you a member of the BNP?
We'd all agree that the thief is an unpleasant man, but his nationality has nothing to do with it. Also, the victim has forgiven the thief so she obviously wouldn't like to see how you've turned this into a race hate piece! Your comments are always so hateful and nasty, especially some of your previous postings. You're obviously just a very angry and unpleasant character. A large part of my background is German/Romanian Jewish ... I suppose I should 'go back to where I come from' too? Lol!
Your views on immigrants are not only largely false (as immigration has largely been of great benefit to Britain) but also offensive.
I hope I never bump into someone like you... The only deluded person here is you. Get some figures regarding how immigration has so ruined Britain and how justify your blatest Nationalism before being taken seriously. You're just a joke, man!
Yawn ... Have you finished loony?
[quote][p][bold]SouthLondoner65[/bold] wrote: Thank God few people in Britain are like 'Liberals Are Deluded'. Mate, are you a member of the BNP? We'd all agree that the thief is an unpleasant man, but his nationality has nothing to do with it. Also, the victim has forgiven the thief so she obviously wouldn't like to see how you've turned this into a race hate piece! Your comments are always so hateful and nasty, especially some of your previous postings. You're obviously just a very angry and unpleasant character. A large part of my background is German/Romanian Jewish ... I suppose I should 'go back to where I come from' too? Lol! Your views on immigrants are not only largely false (as immigration has largely been of great benefit to Britain) but also offensive. I hope I never bump into someone like you... The only deluded person here is you. Get some figures regarding how immigration has so ruined Britain and how justify your blatest Nationalism before being taken seriously. You're just a joke, man![/p][/quote]Yawn ... Have you finished loony? Liberals are deluded

6:08pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Liberals are deluded says...

If immigration brought economic benefits we should be the
richest country in the world but instead we are the most indebted country in
the western world.

The propaganda from those responsible for this nightmare is
clear to see.No one believes it anymore.

No political party ever had a mandate to alter this country
in the way it has.
If immigration brought economic benefits we should be the richest country in the world but instead we are the most indebted country in the western world. The propaganda from those responsible for this nightmare is clear to see.No one believes it anymore. No political party ever had a mandate to alter this country in the way it has. Liberals are deluded

7:19pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Liberals are deluded says...

Refresh browser... Thumbs down .... Refresh browser thumbs down... Repeat until at least -8... You're not fooling anyone lefty loony
Refresh browser... Thumbs down .... Refresh browser thumbs down... Repeat until at least -8... You're not fooling anyone lefty loony Liberals are deluded

10:18pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Belmont_Lady_49 says...

I consider myself rightwing Conservative but am nonetheless repulsed by Liberals are deluded's comments. Immigration is an issue yes, but your comments just went completely beyond the pale and entered racist category. Go away!
I consider myself rightwing Conservative but am nonetheless repulsed by Liberals are deluded's comments. Immigration is an issue yes, but your comments just went completely beyond the pale and entered racist category. Go away! Belmont_Lady_49

10:19pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Belmont_Lady_49 says...

Regarding the actual article, the thief is a vile excuse for a human being and should face the full force of the law. Best wishes to Jane!
Regarding the actual article, the thief is a vile excuse for a human being and should face the full force of the law. Best wishes to Jane! Belmont_Lady_49

7:08am Fri 20 Dec 13

emelem says...

am now convinced l.a.d. is a mere troll. no focus on the article at hand, more interested in winding people up. how very 1998...
am now convinced l.a.d. is a mere troll. no focus on the article at hand, more interested in winding people up. how very 1998... emelem

1:22pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Belmont_Lady_49 says...

The man's a buffoon, quite obviously! I'm certainly not a 'deluded old bag' thank you very much...I've been around for almost 65 years so I am fully aware of how the world functions. It seems to me that you are rather deluded yourself; it's unnatural for one to be as spiteful and racist as yourself. Finally, yes, I am rightwing (and have considered voting UKIP) but compared to you, I'm probably fairly liberal in that I'm not a racist or even remotely 'far-right',
The man's a buffoon, quite obviously! I'm certainly not a 'deluded old bag' thank you very much...I've been around for almost 65 years so I am fully aware of how the world functions. It seems to me that you are rather deluded yourself; it's unnatural for one to be as spiteful and racist as yourself. Finally, yes, I am rightwing (and have considered voting UKIP) but compared to you, I'm probably fairly liberal in that I'm not a racist or even remotely 'far-right', Belmont_Lady_49

1:30pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Liberals are deluded says...

Belmont_Lady_49 wrote:
The man's a buffoon, quite obviously! I'm certainly not a 'deluded old bag' thank you very much...I've been around for almost 65 years so I am fully aware of how the world functions. It seems to me that you are rather deluded yourself; it's unnatural for one to be as spiteful and racist as yourself. Finally, yes, I am rightwing (and have considered voting UKIP) but compared to you, I'm probably fairly liberal in that I'm not a racist or even remotely 'far-right',
Sound just like an MP talking absolute drivel. I'm no racist, just concerned where my country is going and so should you be.
[quote][p][bold]Belmont_Lady_49[/bold] wrote: The man's a buffoon, quite obviously! I'm certainly not a 'deluded old bag' thank you very much...I've been around for almost 65 years so I am fully aware of how the world functions. It seems to me that you are rather deluded yourself; it's unnatural for one to be as spiteful and racist as yourself. Finally, yes, I am rightwing (and have considered voting UKIP) but compared to you, I'm probably fairly liberal in that I'm not a racist or even remotely 'far-right',[/p][/quote]Sound just like an MP talking absolute drivel. I'm no racist, just concerned where my country is going and so should you be. Liberals are deluded

9:37pm Fri 20 Dec 13

GreenBrown says...

".I've been around for almost 65 years so I am fully aware of how the world functions."

If that were true, you wouldn't just be considering voting UKIP, you would be voting UKIP. If your nearly 65 then you've been around and seen the changes that have ruined this country and by the sounds of it you just sat back and watched it happen. I hope I don't get to your age and not have at least have tried to do something to save this country. Your generations time and relevance is nearly up and what a mess you all made of the place. .
".I've been around for almost 65 years so I am fully aware of how the world functions." If that were true, you wouldn't just be considering voting UKIP, you would be voting UKIP. If your nearly 65 then you've been around and seen the changes that have ruined this country and by the sounds of it you just sat back and watched it happen. I hope I don't get to your age and not have at least have tried to do something to save this country. Your generations time and relevance is nearly up and what a mess you all made of the place. . GreenBrown

10:42pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Liberals are deluded says...

Careful greenbrown , you might be labelled as a racist or biggot for your beliefs
Careful greenbrown , you might be labelled as a racist or biggot for your beliefs Liberals are deluded

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