A woman in her 50s was punched and kicked by two masked thugs during a robbery in St Helens.
The woman was walking along the side path off Main Avenue in Thatto Heath near to the allotments when she was approached by two men on an electric bike.
One man attempted to grab her earphones from her before punching the woman in the face and kicking her to the floor in an attempt to steal her mobile phone.
Both offenders made off in the direction of Main Avenue. They are described as white, in their late teens, and with local accents.
The first male was dressed in all black clothing and wore a mask with a green lizard on the front, Berghaus waterproof trousers, a quilted jacket, and gloves. He was riding a black electric bike with red on the handlebars.
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The second male was wearing all black waterproof clothing with his hood up and a black mask. CCTV and forensic enquiries are ongoing.
The incident happened at around 2.30pm on February 24.
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Detective Inspector Leanne Hobin said: “This was no doubt an awful ordeal for the victim, who has described her fear at being kicked to the floor by one of these callous males. We are working to identify the offenders and bring them to justice as soon as possible.
“If you were in the area of Main Avenue, the Foxwood Estate or St Georges Playing Field at the time of the incident, please let us know. It might be that you have CCTV or dash cam footage which could help identify the youths.
“I’d like to reassure people in the area that this type of attack is rare. However, we take reports such as these incredibly seriously and will support victims however we can.”
Police have asked anyone with information to contact @MerPolCC, 101 quoting ref. 21000123506 or Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.