31 Dec '12, 3pm

Robber knocks over elderly woman and steals her handbag in Atherton: An elderly woman was knocked to the pavemen...

An elderly woman was knocked to the pavement during a daylight street robbery. The pensioner, 77, was walking near the Atherton Arms pub on Tyldesley Road in Atherton yesterday when she was jumped from behind. A man hit her on the shoulder causing her to fall over, then stole her black leather Kendals handbag containing a maroon purse and gloves. She was left shaken but not seriously injured. The thug then ran off towards Thomas Street. The robbery took place at around 10.45am on Sunday, December 30. The offender was described as about 5ft 5in tall, of slim build and was wearing a ‘beanie’ hat and a dark coloured jacket. Pc Steve Wooldridge, from GMP's volume crime team, said: "The contents of the bag will be of little worth to the offender but the consequences to the victim of being robbed like this are significant. "This man’s actions were nothing short of desperate and ...

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