A PENSIONER was approached from behind by a woman before she was pulled to the ground and mugged.

Between 7.50am and 8am on Wednesday (January 5), a woman in her 70s was walking on Manchester Road in Burnley when she was approached by a woman from behind.

The offender grabbed the victim’s handbag, pulling her to the ground. The attacker then took the bag, containing keys, a bank card, personal items and £300 in cash, before making off from the scene in a white vehicle.

The offender is described as slim and small in height. She was wearing a cap and possibly jeans with a short jacket.

Det Sgt Ashley Johnston, of Burnley CID said: “This was a shocking attack which has left the elderly victim very shaken and upset.

“The victim was visibly distressed and screamed during the incident and we are keen to identify and arrest the person responsible as soon as possible.

“If you saw what happened, or have any information, please come forward.

“We are particularly keen to speak to anyone who saw a white vehicle in the area, or anyone with dashboard mounted camera footage recording close to the scene of the offence, on Manchester Road between Spring Hill Road and the roundabout (pictured).”

If you can help call 101 or email 2379@lancashire.police.uk and 536@lancashire.police.uk quoting log 0263 of January 5.