Woman injured in mugging

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A WOMAN’S head was banged into a wall by a teen mugger trying to steal her purse.

Police today appealed for witnesses to the attempted robbery which took place in Leigh town centre earlier this month.

It was at about 3.25pm on February 4, that the 55-year-old victim was pushed hard in the shoulder as she walked near to Stephenson’s Solicitors on the corner of Lord Street.

The force used was such that it caused her to crack her head against a wall.

The would-be thief then tried to grab the purse the dazed victim was carrying but she still bravely put up a fight and, following a brief struggle, he ran off empty handed.

The mugger is described as white, about 5ft 3ins tall, of slim build and about 14 or 15 years old. He was wearing grey jogging bottoms and a grey hooded top.

PC Lyndsey Watson, of the Volume Crime Team, said: “It appears a young teenage boy has tried to rob this woman in broad daylight and I am keen to hear from anyone who saw what happened or witnessed him running away.

“He was probably not expecting her to put up the fight she did, meaning that, thankfully, he was not able to get his hands on her possessions.

“If anyone recognises the description, particularly any relatives or friends of the offender, please do the right thing and get in touch with us.”

Anyone with details should call the Volume Crime Team on 0161 856 7249, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.