Mother-of-two has jewellery wrenched from neck by thieving cyclist as she pushes pram in Withington

By Danielle Wainwright

A mother-of-two had her necklace torn from her neck by a cyclist on Monday as she walked in Withington with her children – one of which was in a pushchair.

The woman was walking along Whitchurch Road between 4.30pm and 4.40pm when the thief stopped in front of her forcing her to stop.

He then grabbed hold of her necklace causing it to snap, but the woman was able to snatch it back and the offender quickly cycled away toward Ashford Road.

PC Darren Thornton, from South Manchester Integrated Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “The woman is very distressed about what happened and we are appealing for the public’s help in tracing the offender.

“We would ask anyone who may have witnessed the incident or knows anything about it to call police.”

The offender is described as white, aged around 20-years-old and is between 5ft 6in and 5ft 10in tall. He is of medium build and has black hair. He was wearing a white short sleeved t-shirt and dark coloured trousers. He was clean shaven and he was riding a blue mountain bike.

Police are also keen to talk to a man nearby who witnessed the crime and made sure the woman was fine before he left, as he may have vital information.

The witness is described as a white man aged in his late 20s. He is around 5ft 6in to 5ft 10in tall and has bushy brown hair and a beard. He was wearing brown framed glasses, a brown t-shirt with white writing on it and light brown trousers.

Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 6090 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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