A PENSIONER was pushed into the Mersey by youths at the weekend.

The 74-year-old man was sat on the banks of the river on Wharf Street, Warrington near to Riverside Retail Park, at around 2.30pm on Sunday, April 25, when he was attacked.

Two or three boys are believed to have pushed him from behind, causing him to fall into the water, before running away laughing.

He was then pulled out of the Mersey by two unknown women, having suffered a cut to his face after banging his head.

The man walked home and told his family what had happened, before they reported the assault to Cheshire Police.

Enquiries by the force are ‘ongoing’ and officers are appealing for witnesses to come forward – in particular the Good Samaritans who came to his aid.

Sergeant Mark Spaven said: “This was a shocking and upsetting incident which has understandably left the gentleman shaken.

“He returned home freezing cold and had sustained a cut to his face due to banging his head as he fell into the water.

“We are determined to find those responsible and I am urging anyone who has any information or believes they know who did this to come forward.

“I also want to appeal to the two women who thankfully came to his rescue to please get in touch with us as you could have information which could help our investigation.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact Cheshire Police on 101, quoting incident number IML973153, or to call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.