Three youths attempt to rob pensioner in Matlock

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Police are appealing for information after three youths attempted to rob a pensioner in Matlock.

Around 1.30pm yesterday (Wednesday), a 65-year-old woman was driving her mobility scooter to the Sainsbury’s supermarket, via Snitterton Road, when she was approached by three men – believed to be in their late teens.

One of the youths ordered the lady to get off her scooter, which she refused to do. Another man then tried to grab the lady’s handbag, but she managed to keep hold of it.

In frustration, one of the youths then pushed the pensioner’s scooter into wood panels at the side of the footpath, causing damage to it.

Shortly after, the group were disturbed when a man and woman approached them to assist the pensioner. The youths then ran away from Sainsbury’s.

The group are all described as being around 17-years-old, approximately five foot tall and of slim build.

One of the men is of mixed race, with ginger – possibly dyed – hair. He was wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans.

The second youth is white, with brown curly hair. He was wearing a blue T-shirt and white shorts.

The third man is described as white, with black spiky hair. He was wearing a white T-shirt and camouflage shorts.

Anybody who believes they have seen the group, or have any information relating to the incident, is urged to contact police on 101.

Police are also keen to speak to a man and woman who assisted the pensioner at the scene by lending her a mobile phone.