Elderly woman attacked in Mossley
Thursday 16th March 2017 10:58 Mossley & Saddleworth News Posted by Adam Higgins

Police are eager to track down two male witnesses who may have seen an attack on an elderly woman who had her bag snatched in Mossley.

Officers are keen to speak to two men who may have seen the 70-year-old get thrown to the ground near to Chutney Masala Restaurant on Manchester Road at around 10.30pm on the evening of Friday, March 3.

She was waiting for a friend when the male attacker approached her from behind, grabbed her handbag and threw the woman to the floor before dragging her across the ground.

The robber was then disturbed by a male passer-by, who came to the woman’s aid and was described by police as a “real have a go hero”.

Not content with disturbing the robber, the Brave Samaritan then pursued him along the canal tow path as the thug fled in the direction of Mossley town centre.

The woman was taken to hospital with serious injuries and is continuing to recover at home.

The attacker is described as white, of medium height, slim build, in his late 20s to early 30s and about 5ft 8ins tall.

Detective Constable David Montgomery, from GMP’s Tameside borough, said: “This was a vicious unprovoked attack on a vulnerable woman.

“The victim sadly suffered a serious head injury and although she is on the mend, this attack has left her very frightened.

“We are keen to speak to the two men who potentially saw what happened but left the scene before being able to pass over their details.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101, quoting reference number 702 of 04/03/17 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.