/ Pensioner robbed of winnings and life savings

A pensioner was robbed of a substantial amount of money she won at the casino, and her life savings, by a callous thief.

It happened on Grosvenor Street in Swinton at about 2.35am on Sunday 23 December 2012.

The 86-year-old woman had been enjoying a night out at the Genting Salford Casino on Cromwell Road and won a relatively large amount of money.

She got a taxi back to the Swinton area, and alighted on Grosvenor Street. About a minute later, the elderly woman was approached by the thief, who snatched her white satchel handbag from her shoulder and ran off towards Worsley Street.

The woman kept a large amount of her life savings, as well as the monies she won, in her handbag because she was afraid of being burgled over the Christmas period.

The thief was described as being a young man, about 5ft 4in tall and of a skinny build. He was wearing a black hooded jacket with the hood up and black trousers.

Police are now appealing to anyone who has information to come forward.

Police Constable Michelle Ingham said: "This was a particular cruel robbery on a vulnerable, lone, elderly woman who had been enjoying a night out at the casino and was returning home with a large amount of cash in her handbag.

"She kept her life savings with her because she was afraid her home would be burgled while she was out, but sadly has fallen victim to just such a crime by a despicable and callous thief.

"As a result, she now faces not just a bleak Christmas but an uncertain future beyond that.

"We desperately want to get this woman her money back so we are appealing to anyone who has information to come forward. I would appeal to anyone who either witnessed what happened or suspects who may be involved to call us immediately.

"It might be this thief starts bragging about unexpectedly coming into money so please, if you do suspect who it might be, search your conscience and tell us what you know and help us stop this woman enduring a miserable Christmas."

Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 5232, 0161 856 5250 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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