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Appeal For Information After 'Cowardly' Attack On Terminal Cancer Patient Marilyn Massie

27/08/2013 18:48 BST

A woman with terminal cancer who was beaten up by a mugger has allowed police to release a photo of her injuries in a bid to help find her attacker.

Marilyn Massie, 63, was assaulted by a man on a bike in Chestnut Avenue, Ashington, Northumberland, on Sunday at around 11pm.

Her handbag was grabbed in the frightening attack which left her with injuries to her wrist and nose.

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Marilyn Massie has allowed police to publish this photo of her injuries

The victim, who lives locally, was treated at Wansbeck District Hospital before being discharged.

The thief was in his late teens or early 20s, with dark hair and a slim build.

Detective Sergeant Tracey Moore said: "This was a callous and cowardly attack on a vulnerable woman.

"The victim was approached from behind and sustained a broken wrist and nose after being pushed face first to the ground during the robbery.

"She also has extensive facial cuts and bruising and required stitches to her lip.

"We are determined to bring her attacker to justice and I hope that anyone with information about the robbery will do the right thing and pick up the phone."

Her attacker rode off with her handbag containing a small amount of cash in a red purse and a mobile phone.

The handbag is mink coloured and suede textured with double shoulder straps and a brass clasp.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to contact police on the 101 non-emergency number. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555 111.