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Woman violently robbed of handbag – Leigh

January 2, 2013, 11:22 am

A woman was pushed to the floor and had her handbag ripped from her possession during a robbery in Leigh.

The 69-year-old woman was robbed on Eldon Street, Leigh, at about 3.50pm on Thursday 20 December 2012.

She was walking along the road when she was grabbed from behind by the thief, who initially attempted to pull the victim’s handbag away from her arm. However, when the woman put up a struggle the offender resorted to pushing her over to steal the handbag, which he did.

As a result, the woman suffered minor bruising to her arms and legs and was left shaken up following her ordeal.

Cash and credit cards were in the black leather bag that was stolen.

The offender is described as being white, about 15-years-old, 5ft 4in tall, of a slim build and wearing a dark hooded top with the hood pulled up.

It is believed he got out of a bright blue Vauxhall Corsa, said to be a new model, before the incident and then got into the same car after he had robbed the woman. The car then drove off towards Wigan Road, Leigh.

The last three digits of the car were said to be MLG.

Police are now appealing to anyone who has information to come forward.

Police Constable John Catterall said: “The thief is clearly a desperate individual who has caused a lone, elderly woman immeasurable distress.

“From the description we have, it is possible this is a teenager who needed cash but to target a woman in this manner is a cowardly and despicable act. As a result, the woman has been left with not just bruising but a great deal of emotional upset. No-one should be subjected to such an ordeal.

“We need to find the offender so I would appeal to anyone who witnessed the incident, or perhaps has information about what happened, to call us.

“Similarly, I would ask that if anyone saw this bright blue Corsa in the vicinity at around the time of the robbery, or driving at high speeds in the local area, that they contact us.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, onĀ 0800 555 111.

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