A REWARD for information about a robbery in Skelmersdale has been offered by a mysterious donor and CrimeStoppers.
£3,000 has been put forward by the two groups for any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the people responsible for the daylight robbery of a woman in Elmridge earlier this year.
The 42-year-old collections agent from Wigan was viciously assaulted by two men as she walked along Elmridge on the morning of May 28.
Despite the woman not being from the area she is reported to be well-known in Skelmersdale.
The thugs, who spoke with local accents, approached the woman and threatened her with a large knife, demanding that she hand over her bag.
The victim refused and the men, who wore balaclavas, became violent toward her.
They grabbed her and used the silver blade to cut her bag from her shoulder before making off with the brown leather-looking bag and all its contents – including a cash sum.
The woman was unharmed in the vicious theft but was left badly shaken by the attack.
Despite repeated appeals for information over the past few months these criminals are still on the loose and CrimeStoppers and the anonymous donor are keen to bring them to justice.
The suspects were reported as both being slim males, who were between 5ft 4ins and 5ft 6ins tall and were wearing dark-coloured clothing.
Gary Murray, CrimeStoppers Regional Manager for the North West, said: “This robbery has left an innocent and defenceless woman badly shaken and I am appalled that these two men think they can get away with this.
“It is for this reason that I would urge anyone with information on this crime to do the right thing and contact CrimeStoppers anonymously and tell us what you know, not who you are.
“I promise you, no one will ever know you contacted us.”
DC Derek Wallace, of the Southern Division CID, said: “This was an isolated attack during daylight hours in a residential area, towards a woman who should have been free to carry out her job without fear.
“The area may have been busy with local residents who may have seen the men running from the scene or acting suspiciously.
“For example, they may have been carrying a ladies handbag or changing clothing.
“If you were in the area and think you may have information which could help us, please get in touch.”
If you have any information on this incident, please contact CrimeStoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 – rewards will only be paid for information passed through this number.