POLICE have released pictures of a man they want to speak to after two women were mugged in Bolton in the space of half an hour.

At around 7.45pm on Thursday, July 30 a 63-year-old woman was walking on Ainsworth Lane in Tonge Fold when she was approached by a man, who threatened her to hand over her handbag.

The victim gave the culprit the handbag and he ran off towards Bury Street.

Then at around 8.15pm on the same day, a 56-year-old woman was on Connel Close in Breightmet when she was approached by a man.

The thug pushed the woman to the floor and stole her handbag before running off towards Somerton Road.

Police believe the same man carried out both robberies.

If you have any information about either of the incidents or the identity of the man in the pictures should call the Bolton North Neighbourhood Policing Team on 0161 856 5761.

You can also pass information anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/forms/pre-form.