TO the person who stole my purse from me today, I hope you are feeling great about yourself.

I volunteer two days a week in a community centre cafe, which keeps me active and I enjoy meeting people.

I have suffered with osteoarthritis for more than 30 years now, and had to give up working a number of years ago because of it.

I am not in receipt of any benefits, I am also a pensioner but do not receive a pension just yet.

My husband gave me some money to spend on myself for a change as he said I usually spend it on others.

So thank you, thief, whoever you are. I've lost my bus pass and £130.

The police are looking into it and my family and friends are keeping their eyes and ears open.

Please, if you have any shred of decency, give it back.

Mrs L Hatton by email.