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Police track mugger who targets women

POLICE are hunting a man they believe is targeting women and is prepared to use violence to rob them of their handbags.

POLICE are hunting a man they believe is targeting women and is prepared to use violence to rob them of their handbags.

The mugger has struck three times in the space of three days -­ carrying out two of the three attacks in the same vicinity just minutes apart.

Detectives are working in the belief the muggings were carried out by the same man after all the victims gave similar descriptions of the attacker.

The link came to light after the attacker attempted to rob a 43-year-old female as she made her way to Runcorn East railway station.

The woman was approaching the station from the busway at about 7.55am on Monday, October 22, and was just yards from the ticket office when a man made an attempt to grab her shoulder bag.

A struggle broke out between them but when a member of the public was alerted to the incident by the woman's shouts, the offender ran off empty-handed through the subway underneath the bus route.

Undeterred, the man then went on to attack another woman as she walked down the steps on the opposite side of the subway.

This time the 28-year-old woman was caught up in a violent struggle with the man and her bag dropped to the floor.

The offender scooped up her purse, making off along the busway in the direction of Nortonwood Lane, Windmill Hill.

Both victims are said to be 'extremely shaken' and also suffered minor injuries.

They described their attacker as a white man in his late teens to early 20s.

He was slim and unshaven and had 'piggy eyes' which were wide open and close together.

He was 5ft 6in to 5ft 10in tall and at the time of the attacks he was wearing a navy blue tracksuit with white stripes down the arms, possibly adidas, and white trainers.

A dark green woollen hat covered his ears and he was seen smoking a cigarette prior to the offences.

Police believe the offender is likely to have been responsible for a similar incident two days earlier on Saturday, October 20, at The Calvers at 4.45pm.

In this incident, a handbag was snatched from a woman who was pushing a child in a pram.

Anyone who has information about any of the attacks who or thinks they recognise the offender from the description should call DC Mark Sheridan or Mark Woollam on 01244 613972.

Alternatively, information can be left on the Crimestoppers hotline 0800 555 111.


David Holmes
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