Pensioner seriously injured in Leeds street attack

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An elderly woman was left seriously injured following an attempted street robbery in Leeds.

The 76-year-old was walking home from the shops when she was attacked from behind by a man on Crosby Road in Holbeck at about 6.20pm on Friday.

She suffered a serious leg injury after being knocked to the ground but the robber – who tried to snatch her purse – ran off empty-handed after passers-by intervened.

The woman was taken to Leeds General Infirmary for treatment.

Detective Sergeant Phil Dodsworth of Leeds District CID, said: “The victim has been a resident in the area for more than two decades and was understandably very shocked by what has taken place.

“This lady has received a serious leg injury and, given her age, there was clearly the potential for the consequences to be even worse.”

The mugger was white, in his mid to late 20s, about 5ft 10ins tall and slim.

He had light-coloured hair that was cut short on the back and sides and was wearing a grey hooded top, jeans and light-coloured footwear.

Anyone with information should call Leeds CID on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.