THREE thugs tried to steal a woman's mobility scooter - and then verbally abused their victim.

The disturbing encounter happened in High Street, Maryport, at 11pm on Tuesday, said a Cumbria Police spokesman.

Officers are now trying to trace the trio responsible.

In a statement, police said: "It is reported that three man attempted to steal a mobility scooter attached to a lamp post on High Street, Maryport.

"When challenged by the owner the men verbally abused and followed them to Pearl Garden on Wood Street, Maryport.

"The men continued to be abusive to her and grabbed hold of her attempting to forcefully remove her from the takeaway. The men also made offensive gestures to the victim."

The confrontation is being investigated as an assault and an attempted theft.

Police have appealed for witnesses.

Staff at the Pearl Garden said they were unaware of what was going on outside on Tuesday evening.

There is currently no description of the suspects.

But Anyone with any information is asked to contact PC 2360 Weild on 101, email, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting log 12 of the 5th December.