POLICE believe two muggings in which women were attacked could be linked.
In the first incident, a 55-year-old woman was knocked to the ground by a handbag thief.
She had been walking down an alleyway from Westminster Road to King Street, Ellesmere Port, at 3.45pm on Tuesday last week.
Cheshire police spokesman Dave Murray said: ‘She was suddenly struck on the side of the head by an unknown male, which caused her to fall to the floor.
‘As she fell, the man grabbed the bag from her shoulder and made off.
‘The woman was left with minor injuries but also considerably shaken by the assault.’
Her bag was black with a shoulder strap and had contained loose change, debit and credit cards and a blue Nokia mobile phone.
The robber was white, aged about 20, about 5ft 10in tall, of slim to medium build with short but not cropped brown hair. He wore a waist-length waterproof navy jacket.
Detective Constable Mike Beamish, of Chester, Ellesmere Port & Neston CID, urged witnesses to this crime, or anyone who knows the whereabouts of the bag or who recognises the robber, to call him in confidence on 0845 4580000 or the Crimestoppers hotline on 0800 555111.
Then, at 4.30pm on Sunday, another woman was attacked as she walked along Ashfield Road, Ellesmere Port.
Police spokesman Glyn Hellam said: ‘A man made a grab for the bag on her shoulder. She resisted.
‘The offender put both arms around the woman and pulled the bag away. She eventually let go and he ran off down Ashfield Road.’
The man was white, 5ft 10ins tall, slim, clean-shaven, with close-cropped dark brown hair and a local accent, wearing a black T-shirt and grey tracksuit bottoms.
Mr Hellam added: ‘This offence could be linked to the King Street one. Witnesses should call 0845 4580000 and quote Incident No 598 of September 23.’