AN elderly woman who was injured in a mugging outside her Birkdale home has received some Christmas cheer from her local police.

Officers from the Formby and Birkdale neighbourhood team presented Jean Barlow with a festive hamper containing all sorts of Christmas food and treats.

The 87-year-old was left in a wheel chair with leg and hip injuries after being pushed over by a man as she walked home from the bus stop in Beech Road at the end of October. The offender snatched her handbag, leaving her injured in the street. The alarm was raised when a van driver stopped to help.

Mrs Barlow has been cared for at Chase Heys residential home in Bibby Road, Churchtown ever since. On Friday morning Sergeant Nigel Stewart and Police Community Support Officer Jai Edward presented her with her Christmas hamper as she prepared to move back home before Christmas.

Sgt Stewart said: “What happened to Jean was terrible and I am pleased to say that we have arrested someone in connection with the robbery. It is lovely to see her doing so well and being so well looked after and it will be great for her and her family to be back home in time for Christmas. She has been incredibly brave throughout the whole thing and her account of what happened has been important to the investigation. Nothing will make what happened that afternoon better but a hamper will hopefully lift her spirits and show her that there are plenty of people looking out for her.”

Pictured below is Andy Gill from Granada TV who interviewed Jean for tonights News.

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