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Police Appeal Following Attempted Bag Snatch


Police are appealing for information after an attempted bag snatch on a 82-year-old woman in Bedlington.

The incident happened at around 1pm on Monday, September 28. The 82-year-old woman was walking in a rear lane at Rothesay Terrace, Bedlington when she was approached from behind by a man and woman. The man then attempted to snatch her handbag but was disturbed by a nearby member of the public. The two culprits then ran off towards Victoria Terrace empty handed.

The man is described as being white, in his early 20's, about 5"² 7"³ "“ 5"² 9"³, of medium build and was wearing a grey coloured hooded top and trainers. The female is described as being white, in her 30's, around 5"² 5"³, of heavy build, with shoulder length dark curly hair and was wearing a light coloured jacket.

Bedlington Neighbourhood Inspector Ross Davidson said: "This was an unprovoked attack on a vulnerable member of the public but I would like to reassure the public that this type of incident is extremely rare in this area, and we would appeal for anyone who knows anything to come forward."

Anyone who was in the area at the time, or anyone with any information, is asked to call Northumbria Police on 03456 043 043 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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