Police appeal for witnesses after pensioner hurt in attempted robbery in Mossley

A pensioner is recovering from serious head injuries after being the victim of an attempted robbery in Mossley.

The unnamed 70-year-old woman is in a “stable condition” after the attack at around 10.30pm on Friday, March 3.

The Correspondent understands the victim was waiting for a lift from a friend on Manchester Road, near the Chutney Massala restaurant, when the assailant attempted to steal her handbag.

In the skirmish, the attacker approached her from behind, then grabbed the victim’s handbag and threw her to the floor before dragging her across the ground.

The woman suffered bruising to her head but managed to keep hold of the bag.

A passer-by is thought to have witnessed the incident and gave chase as the man ran off in the direction towards Mossley town centre.

The woman was taken to hospital with serious injuries and continues to recover at home.

Police have launched an investigation into the shocking incident and have now issued a description of the man they want to question about the attempted robbery.

The attacker is described as white, of medium height, slim build, in his late 20s to early 30s and about 5ft 8ins tall.

Detective Constable David Montgomery, from GMP’s Tameside borough, said: “This was a vicious unprovoked attack on a vulnerable woman.

“The victim sadly suffered a serious head injury and although she is on the mend, this attack has left her very frightened.

“We are keen to speak to the two men who potentially saw what happened but left the scene before being able to pass over their details.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting reference number 702 of 04/03/17 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. 


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