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Police appeal after 79-year-old woman punched in the back in street

Police are appealing for witnesses after an elderly woman was assaulted in a North Tyneside street.

The 79-year-old woman was walking along Whitley Road in Whitley Bay last Thursday afternoon when a man approached her from behind and punched her in the back.

The man then pushed passed her and made off. Police say the woman was distressed and bruised by the incident.

The offender is described as a white man aged 40s to 50s, medium build with short brown hair wearing a navy jumper and light coloured trousers.

A man and a woman were walking towards the elderly woman at the time of the incident and police are appealing for these two people to come forward as it is believed they may have witnessed the incident.

Neighbourhood Inspector Neil Armsworth said:

"These sorts of incidents are unusual in this area and we want to find the person responsible for this attack on an elderly lady. We're appealing for witnesses to come forward and speak to officers about this incident. We'd like to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time and especially these two people who the victim recalls seeing at the time of the assault."


Magic Weekend set to bring economic boost to Newcastle

Rugby league fans arrive at St James' Park Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Up to seventy thousand rugby league fans are expected on Tyneside, as St James' Park stages the Super League's Magic Weekend.

All twelve of the sport's top flight teams are competing. Many of their supporters have travelled up from the game's northern heartlands to watch their team take part.

With so many visitors, Newcastle's Business Improvement District, NE1 estimates the event will generate between four and five million pounds for the city.

It puts money in tills, brings people into the city centre and that obviously supports jobs. Beyond that it is very much about the profile of the city. We think we've got a fantastic city centre and we want to welcome more people to use it.

– Stephen Patterson, NE1
Supporters buying programmes Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

This is the second year that Newcastle has staged the Super League's Magic Weekend.

And switching codes, St James' Park hosted three matches in the Rugby Union World Cup last autumn.

St James' Park is welcoming rugby league fans Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
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