From Cheshire Police:

Police in Warrington are encouraging members of the public to come forward after an elderly man was pushed into a river.

The incident took place between 2.30pm and 3pm on Sunday 25 April while the 74-year-old was sat on a bank of the River Mersey on Wharf Street near Riverside Retail Park.

Two or three male youths are believed to have pushed him from behind causing him to fall into the water.

They all then ran away from him laughing.

Two unknown women who were passing by came to his aid and pulled him out of the water.

He walked home and informed his family who reported the assault to the police.

Sergeant Mark Spaven, of Warrington Local Policing Unit, 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.”

On Wednesday 28 April officers arrested a 15-year-old boy on suspicion of assault and possession with intent to supply cannabis. He is currently in police custody for questioning.

If you can assist police with their enquiries please contact 101 quoting IML 973152 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.