Police are appealing for help in their bid to net three teenage thugs who battered a 64-year-old woman on her way back from a shopping trip .
The sickening attack happened at 12.50pm on Saturday, when the woman was threatened then punched in the face.
They launched their cowardly attack on Greenhill Road, near the car park entrance of Rutherglen Exchange Shopping Centre.
The thugs made a grab for their victim’s handbag, but fled empty-handed,
They are all white and aged about 16. One of them has red hair and acne, and wore dark clothing.
Detective Constable Ruth Whyte at Cambuslang CID said: “The lady had been out for the day shopping and was on the bus heading home when she felt unwell.
“She decided to get off the bus and make her way to the taxi rank behind the shopping centre, however she took a wrong turn and that’s when she was confronted by the three male youths.
“Despite them threatening her and hitting her in the face which left her with a black eye, they didn’t get her bag and they ran off up the access ramp towards Greenhill Road.
“Thankfully the lady was not more seriously injured but this was a very frightening experience for her to go through.
“These boys had no respect for her at all and are in my opinion cowards for hitting a woman who was on her own.
“The access to the car park is overlooked by the ramp from the roof of the building so I would appeal to anyone who saw the incident take place or indeed the three youths hanging about, to contact police.”
Information can be passed to officers at Cambuslang CID via 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where details can be given in confidence.