Police have obtained CCTV footage of the incident, which took place on Sunday afternoon.
Speaking on the clip, which has since gone viral on social media, Detective Constable Paul Bates said: “Many people will be shocked by the CCTV footage we have released today and rightly so.
“This lady, like everyone else, should be able to go about her business and feel safe. ‘Her attacker has taken that feeling of safety away from her and it is imperative that he is identified and brought to justice.”
Having been uploaded to Facebook, footage from a nearby CCTV camera didn’t take long to create a noteworthy buzz. Thousands of people shared the clip, and Metro say the police are hoping the man responsible is arrested soon.
I just don’t understand how some people can be so callous and cruel. This wasn’t a split-second error of judgement, this wasn’t a crime committed with a view to serving some morally right bigger picture.
This 79-year-old lady will now live in fear thanks to the act of one selfish individual who simply tried to take what he wanted without thought to who it might hurt.
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