A MAN has been arrested after a mugger snatched a pensioner’s handbag in Widnes.

The 75-year-old woman was walking at the junction of Haig Road and Henderson Road shortly before 8.15am on Wednesday, July 22, when she was attacked.

After following the victim along Haig Road, the attacker grabbed her bag from behind and ran off in the direction of Mottershead Road.

Cheshire Police have now confirmed that a 31-year-old man, from Widnes, was arrested in connection with the incident.

He has since been released under investigation by the force after being interviewed in custody.

Police constable Dan Butler said: “The incident understandably left the victim shaken up.

“We are determined to establish who snatched her bag, have it returned to her and make the thief face the consequences of his actions.

“As part of our ongoing enquiries, we want to speak to anyone who was in the area and saw anything that may aid our investigation.

“Perhaps you witnessed the incident or saw the offender, either before he snatched the bag or as he was fleeing the scene.

“We also want to hear from anyone who believes they may have CCTV or dashcam footage of the offender.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact Cheshire Police on 101, quoting incident number IML760804, or to call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.