Updated: Tuesday, 17th September 2019 @ 1:06pm

'Brave' girl, 14, fights off Worsley mugger who tried to steal her mobile phone and bike

'Brave' girl, 14, fights off Worsley mugger who tried to steal her mobile phone and bike

By Mancunian Matters staff

A ‘brave’ 14-year-old girl fought off a mugger who tried to steal her mobile phone and bike in Worsley – and now police are hunting the culprit.

The male offender, who it is thought was drunk, attacked the girl as she rode down the Linear walkway alongside Worsley Golf Course, near Eccles/Swinton area, at 5.20pm on Sunday.

He invited her to stop with his hands and asked her the time. When the girl took out her phone the man grabbed it.

However PC Michelle Ingham, of Swinton Volume Crime Team, said: “This drunken robber got more than he bargained for when he picked on this so-called victim.”

The plucky teen clung onto the phone, but was eventually overpowered and she got off the bike.

But when the mugger then attempted to ride away on the bike, the girl intervened again.

“She bravely clung on to her bike until she raised the alarm and, like all cowards, he ran off once he realised he may have been outnumbered,” said PC Ingham.

Hearing the girl shouting, another couple came to help at which point the assailant ran away.

The offender was described as white, around 25 or 30-years-old, around 6ft tall, with a slim build, short dark brown hair, stubbly complexion and slurred speech - possibly drunk. He was wearing a dark brown jacket and dark brown trousers.

PC Ingham said: “I now want to hear from anyone who may have seen a man fitting this description. It was a busy time of the late afternoon and there were plenty of people riding bikes, walking home from work and walking dogs.

“If you saw anything please pick up the phone and let us know – your information could help us lock up a desperate criminal.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Swinton Volume Crime team on 0161 856 6250 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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