9.43 PM Wednesday 23 April 2014

Appeal after attempted robbery and assault in Poole

Police in Poole are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after a man attempted to steal a woman’s handbag and assaulted her in the Branksome area of the town.

The incident happened along Cromer Road at around 2.30pm on Wednesday 20 February 2013.

The victim, a 22-year-old Bournemouth woman, was walking home when she was approached from behind by an unknown man who tried to snatch her handbag and then punched her in the face before running off empty handed.

Police Constable Luke Davis, of Poole police, said: “This unprovoked attack has left a young woman very shaken and I am appealing for witnesses to assist with our investigation.

“Before the incident took place, the victim alighted from the number 16 bus that she had taken from Arne Avenue in Poole at 1.25pm.

“She arrived in Cromer Road at 1.50pm, and had just gone past Cromer Gardens when she felt a tug on the straps of her handbag which was over her shoulder.

“She turned to find an unknown man trying to pull her bag off her.

“After a tug of war between the two the offender began to swing punches, one of which caught the victim in the face.

“The offender, who is described as a white man, aged in his late thirties with a tanned complexion and bushy eyebrows, then ran off in the direction of Poole Road.

“He was wearing a black puffer jacket, dark jeans and black trainers.

“Witnesses and anyone with information about the offender are asked to contact police as soon as possible in the strictest confidence.”

No arrests have been made.

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 20:271. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.

Issued: 21 February 2013

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