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Pensioner targeted in attempted town centre bag snatch

Man tries to steal womans bag in broad daylight in town centre attack

Pensioner targeted in attempted town centre bag snatch
Published 6 years ago | Updated 6 years ago

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman in her sixties was targeted in an attempted robbery in Selby. 

The 65-year-old victim was approached at around 11am on the morning of Friday, February 26th on New Lane, close to the junction with Gowthorpe.

She was in the process of crossing the street towards the Tree House pub when the offender barged into her and tried to snatch her bad from her shoulder.

Thankfully, she successfully resisted his attempt and in the process she was able to stamp on his foot and push him to the ground. As he fell he shouted an obscenity before getting up and making his escape.

The suspect is described as a white man, aged in his forties, about 6ft tall, of thin build and scruffy appearance. He was wearing a grey parka coat with hood up over a baseball cap, baggy blue jeans and white trainers with holes in the sole and no laces.

If anyone witnessed the incident or has any information as to the identity of the offender, please dial 101, select option 2, and ask for DC Becky Powell, of York Serious Crime Team, or Investigator Jim Allan, of Selby Serious Crime Team.

If you would prefer to remain anonymous, please pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 and quote reference number 12160035039.

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First published at 09:10 on Monday, March 7th, 2016.
Last updated at 10:14 on Monday, March 7th, 2016.