A WOMAN was robbed in Kings Road early on Thursday morning.
The woman, in her 50s, was walking towards Harrogate town centre near the junction with Grange Avenue around 7am.
A man approached her from the opposite sirection and grabbed her handbag and shopping bag, before running off along Grange Avenue, through an alley and towards Unity Grove.
The bag contained a purse, bank cards, cash and personal items including family photos.
Investigating officer, DC Chris Addision of Harrogate CID, said: “The victim was very shocked and shaken up by the incident, but thankfully she was not physically hurt.
“This is a rare occurrence in Harrogate, especially at this time of the morning.
“I am appealing for anyone who was in the Kings Road and Grange Avenue are this morning and witnessed the incident, or anyone who saw a man running off along Grange Avenue and Unity Grove, to contact the police. Also, if anyone finds a discarded handbag or other personal items, please contact us immediately.”
Police want to speak to a suspect described as white, around 5ft 4in tall and of average build, wearing a dark woolly hat and dark jacket.
Any witnesses to the incident, or anyone who can help identify the suspect, should contact Harrgoate CID by calling 101, selecting option two and asking for Chris Addison. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.