A 79-YEAR-OLD woman was pulled to the ground before her handbag was stolen in a terrifying mugging last week.

Police were called to Bury Road in Breightmet on Wednesday, April 1 where the victim was attacked.

Only two days later, on Friday, officers were sent to Deepdale Road in Breightmet after a 61-year-old woman had her handbag snatched from her hand.

And today, Wednesday, officers from the Bolton West Neighbourhood Team have arrested a 17-year-old boy in connection with the robberies.

He remains in police custody for questioning.