A 76-year-old was targeted by two women muggers at Wythenshawe Library, according to police.

The pensioner was using a lift at The Forum to visit a craft club at the library when the pair struck.

She was carrying a large amount of money in an envelope, say police,which she had left in a compartment in her walking aid.

While the OAP was in the lift the two women spoke with her and the elderly woman later noticed the envelope had gone.

Investigating officers say the incident took place at around 1.20pm on Wednesday, February 5 and they have now issued CCTV images of the two women they want to speak in connection with the alleged theft.

They are described as 5ft 5ins to 5ft 6ins tall and are believed to speak with Eastern European accents.

PC Dave Pimlott said: "This was a cunning and devious incident of stealing from an innocent woman who was just going about her daily business.

"The victim has since had to try and make up the funds lost for the craft club with her own personal savings, which risks causing her future financial difficulty.

"We are keen to trace the envelope with this money so that it is returned to its rightful owner.

"We want to speak to the two women pictured in our release and encourage anyone who knows these women to contact us.

"If you are one of the women pictured then we advise you to do the right thing and visit police to discuss this incident.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 4882 quoting incident number 1824 of February 5. Details can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.