Assault and Handbag snatch in Queen’s Park Area Blackburn

POLICE are appealing for information after a woman was assaulted and had her handbag stolen in Blackburn.

Around 12.30am on Thursday 14 July, the 59 year old was walking home along Pringle Street near to the junction with Bennington Street when she was confronted by a man who began shouting at her.

The man tried to wrestle her handbag from her and during the struggle the woman received an injury to her neck.

The man managed to escape with the bag, containing a Nokia mobile phone, a small amount of cash and five plastic pots of olives, and ran off in the direction of Queens Park Road.

The bag is made of fabric with large black and white checks and black plastic handles.

The woman was taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital where she was treated before being released. Her injuries are not serious.

The man is described as being about 5’9 “tall and of thin build. He spoke in English during the incident and had a young sounding voice.

He was wearing loose fitting clothing including a dark coloured top and light tracksuit bottoms.

He also had a light coloured covering on his head which only left his eyes exposed and was carrying what appeared to be something similar to an old style, black mobile telephone.

Detective Inspector Mark Winstanley said: “This was a cowardly attack on a lone woman and we need to find the person responsible.

“It happened in a busy residential area and despite the fact it was late at night, I believe there were a number of people about at the time and I would urge anybody who saw anything to contact us.

“I would like to speak with anyone who has any information at all about this incident – even the smallest amount could be crucial to finding the person responsible.

“We are particularly keen to find the stolen handbag and I would ask residents to check their gardens in case the offender has discarded it after running away.”

Anybody with any information is asked to contact police on 08451 25 35 45 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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