Disabled woman punched in head during attempted robbery

Police appeal
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A disabled woman was punched in the head during an attempted robbery.

Police have launched an appeal after the woman, who has cerebral palsy and uses an electric wheelchair, was approached by a man who tried to snatch her handbag in Tyldesley.

During the struggle on the field at Shakerley Estate the man viciously punched the woman, who is in her 30s and had been shopping in Tyldesley town centre, on the back of her head, causing her to scream.

The offender then fled in the direction of the town centre.

The man is described as white, aged between 40 and 50 years old, of slim build and with short grey hair. He had a goatee beard and was wearing a yellow coat.

Detective Constable Chris Waddicar, from GMP’s Leigh Criminal Investigation Department, said: “I am shocked by the brutality of this attack on an innocent and defenceless woman.

“Fortunately the man was unable to get away with the woman’s handbag but she has been left shaken and terrified.

“We are appealing for members of the public who saw anyone matching the description of the man, or those who witnessed this incident, to please get in touch.”

Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 7292 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.