Mugger takes grandmother's life savings

Phyllis Robinson, 73, refused to let go of her handbag when her hooded attacker suddenly pounced as she neared her home in Blackley, Manchester.

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Grandmother targeted "inside bank"

The police told me I was targeted in that bank.

They should have taken me into a side room.

It was a bit stupid to do it in full view of everybody.

– Phyllis Robinson

The mugger is described as being white, in his late 20s, between 5ft 6in and 5ft 9in tall.

He wore a black or navy blue jacket with the hood up and spoke with a local accent.

This is a completely despicable crime by a cowardly man who purposefully picked out an elderly and vulnerable woman.

We believe this man had been eyeing up potential victims near to the bank before he followed her and waited for her to leave her friend’s house.

– Detective Constable Matt Fryer, Greater Manchester Police

Grandmother loses £20k life savings in street robbery

Phyllis Robinson lost her life stavings. Credit: Manchester Evening News

A 73-year-old woman was mugged after withdrawing her life savings from a bank in Blackley.

Phyllis Robinson had taken out the money from the Lloyd TSB on Moston Lane and walked to her friend’s house on Lewis Avenue.

Mrs Robinson, 73, refused to let go of her handbag when the hooded attacker suddenly pounced as she neared her home in Blackley, Manchester.

During a struggle, the mugger repeatedly told his victim ‘let go of the bag you stupid ******* *****’.

The handle of the bag snapped and Mrs Robinson – a retired carer for social services – fell to the pavement, suffering bruising to her neck and shoulder.

The mugger fled with the rest of the handbag which contained two brown envelopes, each one containing £10,000.

Mrs Robinson had withdrawn the money to help her daughter. Credit: Manchester Evening News

She had withdrawn the cash from the TSB on Moston Lane for her daughter Lynn Richardson, 46, to help with her business instead of taking out a loan.