Bike-riding bag snatcher - victim recounts ordeal

Police e-fit of bike-riding bag snatcher
Police e-fit of bike-riding bag snatcher

A YOUNG woman who was pushed to the ground by a bicycle-riding bag snatcher says she hopes speaking about the ordeal will help police find her attacker.

Alys Mills was mugged for her bag as she walked along Gidlow Lane at around 1.30am on Sunday.

I’m going through all this because I want him caught. It’s not fair if it happens again and it shouldn’t be happening

Alys Mills

The 24-year-old said she had been out in Wigan town centre and initially took a taxi with a friend, getting out near The Pagefield pub to walk the short distance to her home in Throstlenest Avenue.

She said she spotted the cyclist up ahead and instantly felt something was wrong.

Alys said: “At first he was riding away from me and as soon as I saw him I took my earphones out and got my key out. I also started walking a little faster.

“I don’t know why but I just didn’t feel safe.

“I thought it was a bit dodgy he was cycling so slowly up a hill and thought he should be going a lot faster.

“He then disappeared from view and I’m not sure what happened because it was the CCTV which captured him coming back on himself, but then suddenly he appeared behind me and tried to snatch my bag. It had everything in it, my wages from work, my iPad, my phone.

“He shoved me to the ground and cycled off.

“I didn’t know what happened.

“My instinct was to hit him to try to get my bag back, but it all happened so fast, it was within a minute.”

Alys suffered bruising to her legs and was injured down her left side where she was pushed to the ground during her ordeal. She managed to get home and rang the police before calling her dad.

She gave a description to officers of the attacker and an efit has now been published .

The man is described as being white, in his 30s, between 5ft 7ins and 5ft 8ins tall, with dark hair thinning on top.

He is said to be of thin build, wore a dark hooded top and rode a dark-coloured mountain bike, pedalling off along Throstlenest Avenue.

Alys’s handbag is burgundy with a bow on the front, containing a Samsung S5 phone and an Apple iPad 2 as well as toiletries and a purse.

Alys says she hopes the offender will be found before he strikes again.

She said: “I don’t want this to happen to an older woman or someone younger. They wouldn’t have got up as easily as I did.

“I’m going through all this because I want him caught.

“It’s not fair if it happens again and it shouldn’t be happening.

“It should be safe in Springfield but I wouldn’t want to walk around there now, I wouldn’t feel safe.”

Det Sgt Graham Clare from Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said: “The victim suffered bruising when she fell and has been left shaken by her ordeal.

“We are determined to catch who is responsible but for us to do so we need the help of the public.

“Did you see the robbery take place or did you see the offender ride off? If you did, we are keen to hear from you.”

Anyone with information should ring police on 0161 856 7124 or call independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.