AN 82-year-old Birchencliffe pensioner has thanked a stranger who gave her a purse after she had been robbed.
The generous gesture came at Huddersfield Police Station, where she had gone to report the theft of her own purse.
The widow, who does not want to be named, said she burst into tears at the kind gesture.
The purse, given as a gift by the stranger, had been left unclaimed in lost property. It was handed in some weeks before by the man's son.
"He told me: `I know it's not your purse but it has some money in it and I want to give it to you because you have had yours taken'."
The purse contained more than the £8 she had lost to the pickpocket while shopping in the town centre last Thursday.
"It restored my faith in human nature," she said.
"I said I did not want to take it, but he took hold of my arm, put the purse in my hand and said `have it'.
"I was sobbing.
"When I got home I thought I had never had the chance to say thank you.
"I contacted The Examiner just to let him know that the gesture was appreciated - not particularly the money - but the gesture.
"It has given me my faith back again."