An 82-year-old woman has reportedly been robbed while tending to her late husband's grave.

Lorraine Medland was at the Croydon cemetery on September 2 when she saw "three white men in a black mini" approach the pensioner.

"One man talked to her to distract her while the other two stole her trolley," Mrs Medland said.

"They emptied her shopping out taking her purse, phone and keys and threw the trolley in a bush.

"How despicable can people get."

She said the woman then came to her for help, to which they quickly rang the police and cancelled her bank cards.

"They stole her purse which contained £80 which she had only drawn out the bank that morning," Mrs Medland said.

"She has been told she may not get her money back and it was all she had."

Police said that she was a victim of a distraction theft.

"Both the suspects are described as white men; the suspect that spoke to the victim was wearing a striped shirt and spoke with an Eastern European accent," the spokesman said.

"Officers from South West Command Unit investigate.

"Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or tweet @MetCC, quote CAD 5021/2Sep. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."
There have been no arrests and enquiries continue.