THIS is the incredible moment a fearless 81-year-old woman fought off a cash machine mugger who tried swiping her bank card.
Doreen Jones was targeted as she withdrew cash by a woman holding a piece of paper and gesturing at her mouth.
The twice-widowed pensioner told her to leave her alone but the thug barged in front of her and tried to steal her bank card.
Footage shows the hero OAP snatching her bank card back from the suspect before grabbing her by her hair and collar.
The would-be mugger ended up fleeing the scene in Birmingham empty-handed while Doreen was checked over by paramedics.
Speaking to BBC’s Crimewatch Roadshow, Doreen said: “She wasn’t expecting me, I tell you.
“I thought, ‘No, you’re not having my money, I’ve worked hard for that’.
“She started screaming. I don’t know why she was screaming, it was me that should have been screaming and crying.”
Doreen’s a tough lady and this suspect chose the wrong pensioner
PSI Peter Rawlings
Cops have now released the footage in a bid to catch the female suspect after the attempted robbery on May 20 at around 10.20am.
Doreen has now been left traumatised by the ordeal and has since suffered two heart attacks and has anxiety problems.
Police believe the woman who attacked Doreen was in the early stages of pregnancy in May.
PSI Peter Rawlings of West Midlands Police said: “The suspect may have been pregnant at the time, so she may now be heavily pregnant or she may have recently had her child.
“We believe she was watching Doreen before the incident and targeted her because she was elderly and had a stick.
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“Doreen’s a tough lady and this suspect chose the wrong pensioner.
“But it has had an effect on Doreen, she has had heart problems since the incident which may be linked.”
Anyone with information can call the Crimewatch Roadshow hotline on 08000 468 999. Alternatively, speak to Crimestoppers anonymously.