A pensioner riding a mobility scooter in the East Midlands city of Peterborough has been grabbed by an unknown assailant. Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

The assault took place at around 4.20pm on Thursday July 18th, when the 66 year old victim was travelling between Eastfield Road and Star Road to the north east of the city centre. Police say the victim was riding her scooter on a footpath, away from the road, when the incident occurred.

The female victim was unable to supply much in the way of identification details to police, and is understood to have been left considerably shaken and disturbed by the incident. Police in Peterborough have warned locals using the path to watch out for a male acting suspiciously in the area.

œThis was a very distressing incident for the victim and I would urge anyone with any information to call police, said Detective Sergeant Jacqueline Shersby, the officer heading up the investigation.

œI would also like to remind people to be vigilant when using footpaths around the area.

The victim was left uninjured by the attempted attack, and was able to fend off her assailant before escaping, running over his foot as she drove away on the scooter. Anyone who witnessed the attack, or who has any information, should contact DS Shersby on the non-emergency number of 101.

By Help Mobility Team

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