Robbers break victim’s hip

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A PENSIONER suffered a broken hip after her handbag was snatched in a daylight robbery.

The victim, a 69-year-old woman, was walking to work in Newton-le-Willows when two youths approached her and grabbed her handbag.

In the struggle, she fell to the ground and was later found to have suffered a broken hip.

Police want to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the incident, which happened at about on Monday, April 1, as she walked along a path in the tunnel that leads from Oak Avenue to Mesnes Park.

Officers managed to retrieve her black handbag nearby, but her purse and the cash inside had been taken.

Fortunately, the victim is now recovering well in hospital in Warrington.

DS Paul Smith, from St Helens CID, said: “This was a callous and brazen attack on an older lady who was simply making her way to work. The robbery has left her with a significant and painful injury as well as the emotional distress of being attacked in this way.

“I am confident that the offenders will have been in the area in the minutes before they committed this robbery and may have been noticed acting or loitering suspiciously. This is a residential area and the incident happened in broad daylight so I would encourage anyone who has any information that could help us to please get in touch.”

n Witnesses can call St Helens CID on 0151 777 6842 or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555 111.