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Woman, 71, suffers head injuries after mugging in Stretford
1:54pm Wednesday 27th February 2013 in News
A 71-year-old woman suffered head injuries after being mugged in Stretford.
The woman’s husband was also threatened with a metal object, which could have been a knife, during the incident which took place on February 16, at around 10.10pm.
The couple were leaving Stretford Bridge Club on Derbyshire Lane and were approached by a man as they turned into a car park.
The woman was pushed to the floor, causing her to bang her head and the offender took her bag.
The woman’s husband struggled with the robber before the he took a metal object from his jacket and threatened the pensioner, he then ran off with the bag.
The offender is described as being white, 5ft 6in tall, of slim build, in his early twenties. He spoke with a Manchester accent and was wearing a dark hooded top.
The stolen bag is described as being wine coloured, with two straps and is around 12in by 9in in size.
Inside, there was a pair of glasses, a book, two pounds in cash and a silver brooch with a black stone in the centre.
Det Con Simon Johnson from Stretford CID said: “This was a cowardly attack on two members of our community who deserve to be respected, not threatened.
“We are unsure whether the offender was holding a knife but he was seen to be holding a metal object.
“Obviously the victim did not know whether she was going to come to any harm so dropped her handbag. Thankfully, she suffered only minor injuries to her head.
“I would ask people in the area to check their bins or gardens to see if the bag has been thrown away. Also, if you saw this man or recognise his description, please phone police.”
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 7658 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.