TWO women are recovering after falling prey to street muggers in different parts of Wigan.
One victim suffered facial injuries as she resisted attempts to steal her handbag in Standish.
And the other was left badly shaken, having been pushed to the ground and having her purse snatched in Winstanley.
Police today appealed for witnesses to both crimes and say there is nothing at this stage to suggest they are linked.
The first mugging took place as a 54-year-old woman was walking home with her sister-in-law after a Christmas party.
They were in Rectory Lane at about 12.30am on on Sunday December 5 when her attacker first walked past her only then to round and try to grab her handbag from behind.
His violent wrenching caused both the women to fall to the ground but he was unable to break the victim’s grip and the would-be thief ran off empty-handed.
The unnamed woman was taken to hospital for treatment to facial injuries.
Officers believe the man was short and wearing dark clothing.
The second street attack took place fewer than 48 hours later at about 10pm on Tuesday, December 7.
A 27-year-old woman was walking along a path which runs along the back of Havercroft Close, Tarnrigg Close and Barngill Grove in Winstanley.
A stranger came from behind her and pushed her to the ground, before stealing her purse and running off, leaving his victim feeling shaken.
PC Chris Waddicar, of Wigan Volume Crime Team, said: “Luckily, the woman was not badly injured but was very upset to have had a small amount of cash taken from her in such a way.
“There may be witnesses who either saw or heard what happened who could have vital information that will help us find this man.
“If you did see or hear anything, then please come forward.
“Anyone who has been a victim of a robbery will know how traumatic it can be and the only real peace of mind will come when this person is locked up.”
Anyone with any information about either crime should call the Volume Crime Team at Wigan Police Station on 0161 856 7255.
Or you can call or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.