Woman fights off purse attacker

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A woman fought off a teenager who tried to steal her purse in Leigh.

At about 3.30pm on February 4, a 55-year-old woman was walking towards Lord Street when she was pushed in the back.

When she turned around she saw the offender trying to snatch her purse from her hand.

She was carrying chicken wire so swung it at the victim, hitting him in the chest.

The offender, described as white, about 5ft 3in tall, of slim build, 14 or 15 years old, and wearing a grey tracksuit, then ran off.