Elderly woman (80s) suffered broken shoulder in attempted handbag snatch on Merchant's Quay 

Elderly woman (80s) suffered broken shoulder in attempted handbag snatch on Merchant's Quay 
Merchant's QuayPicture: Eddie O'Hare

AN 82-year-old woman had her shoulder broken in an attempted handbag snatch in Cork city.

The woman had travelled to Cork from Limerick to buy items in Michael Guineys on Oliver Plunkett Street yesterday.

She was walking along Merchant's Quay from the bus station on Parnell Place at around midday when a bicycle pulled up alongside her. 

The cyclist attempted to snatch her handbag but she managed to hold on to it.

The cyclist fled when the woman fell to the ground.

Another woman nearby went to the woman's aid and the elderly lady continued on her way to Oliver Plunkett Street to make her purchases.

However, she started to feel unwell and on returning to the bus station, she notified a bus inspector of what had happened to her.

The inspector raised the alarm and she was taken to hospital, where it emerged that her shoulder was broken as a result of the incident.

The woman returned home to Limerick this morning.

Gardai are now appealing for help from the public.

They say the suspect was wearing a grey hoodie.

They are appealing for anyone who was around the Merchants Quay area around 12 midday on Wednesday, particular road users with video footage, to contact Anglesea Street Garda Station on 021-4522000.

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