An elderly woman on a mobility scooter was robbed in a 'cruel and cowardly attack', police said.

Greater Manchester Police were called to reports of a robbery on Woodlands Road, Cheetham Hill at 11pm last night (Saturday February 3).

Police say that the elderly woman had her bag taken, which has now been recovered along with a large amount of money.

Police were immediately on the scene to support the victim so they could brief colleagues with a description of the suspect.

Two additional police officers chased the suspect and caught him.

Chief Inspector Paul Nolan from GMP North Manchester division said: “This was a cruel and cowardly attack against an elderly woman.

“We do not underestimate the psychological impact of offences of this nature, and we will continue to support her as we progress this case.

“This was great work by our response officers whose teamwork and fast thinking meant we were able to detain the suspect quickly, and I am pleased that we were able to return the items to the victim.

“I hope this demonstrates that we will stop at nothing to hunt down those responsible for abhorrent actions like this and bring them to justice.”

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