Pensioner is mugged

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AN elderly woman was left with a broken wrist and other injuries after a thief snatched her bag.

The incident happened yesterday at just before 2.30pm as the 71-year-old was walking along an alleyway behind the Spar shop on Cleveland Road, Sunderland.

A man approached her from behind and grabbed her handbag.

The pensioner struggled to hold on to her bag but was dragged to the ground, bumping her head, fracturing her wrist and sustaining cuts and bruises.

She was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital for treatment.

The offender then ran off.