A 79-year-old woman was left battered and bruised after her car was stolen by a callous crook who left her bleeding on the ground as he drove away.
Beryl Allsop was shopping at a Morrisons supermarket in Manchester when she was targeted on Tuesday just before 9pm.
The elderly woman suffered serious head and facial cuts and is being treated at Manchester Royal Infirmary where she remains in a stable condition.
Manchester Evening News reports that a man approached her, grabbed her keys and stole her blue Vauxhall Astra, which has not been recovered.
Detectives have visited the store to obtain CCTV in a bid to identify the culprit.
They are also checking footage from roads approaching the store in case the thieves arrived in a vehicle.
The victim was near a section of the store’s car park to the left of the building, near the front doors when the thief struck on Tuesday evening.
Detective Sergeant Alex Wilkinson, from Greater Manchester Police, said: “Beryl received particularly nasty injuries in this incident, and she has been left terrified by what has happened to her.
“The man responsible for preying on an elderly woman is an absolute coward and we are doing everything we can to find him, but we need the public’s help.
“We are keen to hear from anyone who was in the area of Morrisons car park around 9pm on Tuesday evening who saw anyone acting suspiciously.
One shopper at Morrisons said: "It’s an awful thing to do.
"They are scumbags, and it is not even a prestige car."
Police say they are investigating the crime as "a priority" and it has been passed to a team of detectives attached to Operation Gladiator – an operation set up specifically to tackle robberies in the Oldham area.
One theory is that the vehicle may have been taken for use in a robbery in the run up to Christmas.
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 4555 0r 101, quoting 2178 of December 11.
Reports can also be made via Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
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