Have-a-go heroine rugby tackles ‘bag snatcher’ in Grantham

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A 48-year-old nurse told how she rugby tackled a burly man to the ground after what is thought to have been a double mugging in Grantham yesterday (Thursday).

Louise Mayes pinned the alleged attacker to the ground until police arrived following the incident in Agnes Street at about 10.30am.

Police cordoned off Castlegate.

Police cordoned off Castlegate.

She went into action after an elderly woman had been grabbed, dragged along the street and left lying on the ground with a bleeding wound to her head.

Police cordoned off Agnes Street and part of Castlegate for most of the day. The elderly victim received medical attention for a head injury.

Louise told the Journal: “I was sitting in my mother’s flat when I heard screaming.

“I came out with my brother and sister to see an old lady lying in the middle of the road about 20 feet up from the junction, bleeding from a head injury.’’

She said: “Her husband was leaning over her and he said she had been mugged, or an attempted mugging because the man didn’t get her handbag, but he had dragged her from the corner for 20 feet along the road.

“So I tended to the lady as did some other people and then we heard ‘stop thief, stop thief’ and somebody else had been mugged. A man was running down the road with a handbag in his hand.

“So myself, my brother and a few other members of the public sort of corralled him down Agnes Street.

“He came towards me – whether he thought as I was the only woman there or that I would move or whatever. He was quite a big bloke, nearly six foot, young, in his 20s probably and I was just very cross with him actually.

“So I just chased him. I rugby tackled him to the floor.

“I told him to stay exactly where he was and some other people joined me.

“We held him there until the police came.

“He tried to get up a few times and I was like ‘no’.”

She added: “I didn’t get hurt, just a bit of mud on my clothes.”

Police later confirmed a robbery took place in Agnes Street in which an elderly woman was reported to have been pushed to the ground and her handbag was stolen.

Police are asking for witnesses to come forward with information. They should call police on 101 quoting incident 110 of June 16.

A 29-year-old man was arrested in connection with the incident.