VIDEO: Injured woman's crutch stolen in shocking Whitechapel robbery
PUBLISHED: 06:57 07 March 2016 | UPDATED: 07:59 07 March 2016
Tower Hamlets police are hunting for a heartless thief who attacked an injured woman to steal her handbag - and her crutch.
The victim, a woman in her thirties, had been walking with the help of the crutch on Old Montague Street when the bizarre assault took place.
Just before 3.30am on Saturday January 24, a man approached her and asked for directions to an off-licence.
He walked along with her, and when she turned down an alleyway, he pushed her to the ground, and snatched both her handbag and the crutch she needed to walk.
The callous criminal made off towards Valence Road.
The suspect is described as an Asian man in his thirties, of medium build with short black hair. He was wearing light-coloured trousers, a dark jacket, and pointed shoes.
Detectives have found released CCTV footage of a man believed to be the suspect in a petrol station on Whitechapel Road before the attack.
They are very keen to speak to anyone who may recognise the man or who witnessed the crime, and ask people with information to get in touch on 101 quoting reference number 204959. To remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.