Woman, 60, hurt in mugging

Central Park Way, Wigan.
Central Park Way, Wigan.

POLICE are hunting two men who pushed a woman to the ground before snatching her handbag.

Officers have today launched an appeal for witnesses of the mugging, which happened on Saturday November 7 at around 1.50pm.

The victim was walking across a wooden footbridge over the River Douglas, close to Central Park Way in Scholes, and talking on her mobile phone.

Two men approached her from behind and pushed her to the ground, injuring her left knee in the process.

While she was on the floor, the men grabbed her handbag and ran off in the direction of Wigan Lane.

The first offender is described as white, slim build, in his 30s and standing around 5ft 4in tall. He was wearing a grey anorak, dark-coloured jogging bottoms and was riding a silver Raleigh mountain bike.

The second offender is described as white, skinny build, around 6ft tall, in his 20s. He was wearing a black anorak.

Constable Doug Craigen said: “These men have spotted a woman walking alone and have seen her as an easy target.

“They have snuck up from behind and pushed her to the ground before she realised what was going on, and though she tried to give chase she was unable to do so because of the injury to her knee.

“I would ask that anyone who saw men matching the above description in the area at the time to contact police and assist our investigation.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.