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3 November 2014, 07:52
A shocking photo showing a woman's bruised and bloodied face has been released by police in Birmingham.
The 70-year-old was walking along the canal tow path in Birmingham with her daughter on Scotland Street in Ladywood on Saturday 11 October at around 8.30pm when two men grabbed her handbag and pushed her to the floor.
An ambulance was called to the scene and she was taken to hospital where she was treated for a fractured cheek, cuts and bruises.
Although she wishes to remain anonymous she has allowed police to issue a photo of her injuries in a bid for information.
The thieves are described as black and around 5ft 10" tall, they were both wearing hoodies with the hoods pulled up.
Detective Constable Mark Timmins, from the Birmingham Acquisitive Crime team, said: "I would like to commend the lady's bravery for allowing the image of her injuries to be released.
"This was a cowardly attack and I am appealing to anyone who may have seen the robbery or who knows the people involved to call me or one of the team.
"A cherished photo dating back to the 1920s of her grandmother as a child was in the handbag when it was stolen. This has high sentimental value and I am appealing for that to be returned."