• Video shows man approach woman from behind and snatching her handbag.
  • Suspect shoves woman to the ground before running back to VW Golf and fleeing.

The Met Police has released CCTV footage showing a heartless thug shove a woman in her 80s to the ground in a robbery in Finchley, north London. The man approaches the victim from behind before wrestling her handbag from her.

The attack happened at 3.10pm on 1 March, in Thomas More Way and left the pensioner with injuries to her face and knee. Her attacker sped off in a Volkswagen Golf while the woman was taken to a north London hospital by the London Ambulance Service as a precaution.

The man is described as a white, fair-skinned man, around 5ft 6in in height and of slim build. He was wearing a black woolly hat, a dark jumper and khaki trousers. No arrests have been made and a police investigation continues.

Detectives believe the suspect may have links to the North Finchley, Southgate or Arnos Grove areas, and may have had access to the grey VW Golf, on different number plates, after the incident.

A quantity of cash was stolen from the victim that she had withdrawn earlier from a bank in Ballards Lane, 30 minutes before the robbery before getting a bus to East Finchley.

Police believe it is possible that the woman was seen withdrawing the cash and then followed to the scene of the robbery.

Anyone with information that may assist the investigation or who recognises either of the men shown in CCTV images is asked to call detectives at Barnet CID via 101.

To remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Finchley robbery suspect
The Met Police is tracing this man after a woman in her 80s was robbed in Finchley, north London Met Police