Woman, 100, robbed of handbag and left with broken neck in ‘nasty’ street attack

A 100-year-old woman was left with a broken neck after she was robbed of her handbag in a ‘nasty’ attack this morning.

The elderly woman suffered serious injuries after a mugger approached her from behind, knocked her over and made off with her handbag at roughly 8.30am today in the Normanton area of the city of Derby.

The bag, which is green and made of fake leather, was found in a nearby street. Police have not disclosed if any cash was stolen.

Police say the centurion, who suffered a broken neck and bruising to her face, was not able to give a description of the mugger.

Derbyshire Police detective sergeant Laura Kershaw said: "The victim has been unable to give a description of the person or persons responsible for this robbery – this is why we need your help to find who did this.

"If you were in or around the junctions of Empress Road and St Chad’s Road at around 8.30am – and to anyone who may have been in the area of Moore Street and Normanton Road between 8.30am and 9.15am.

"We are particularly keen to speak to anyone who may have seen anyone with a bag matching the one pictured in any suspicious circumstances.

"This is a particularly nasty incident that has targeted a very vulnerable elderly woman who was unable to defend herself.

"We need your help to find and stop those responsible."

The victim’s injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

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