Woman pushed to ground by robbers who stole handbag

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ROBBERS pushed a woman to the ground as they snatched her handbag in Harrogate.

Police are now appealing for witnesses after the robbery shortly before 7.30pm on Wednesday.

A 46-year-old local woman was walking along a path between Harlow Avenue and Otley Road, known locally as The Ginnel, when two people approached her from behind.

The offenders pushed the woman to the ground before stealing her small black handbag, containing a small amount of money and a mobile phone.

DC Kirsten Aldridge, of Harrogate CID, said: “Thankfully the woman was not seriously injured as a result of this incident. However, she was naturally shaken by the experience.

“I ask anyone who can help to identify the youths responsible to contact the police straight away.”

The suspects are described as young, wearing dark hoodie tops and black tracksuit bottoms.

DC Aldridge added: “I would like to reassure the public that incidents of this type are thankfully rare in the Harrogate area.”

Anyone who can help the police with their enquiries is asked to contact Harrogate CID on 101, press option 2 and ask for Kirsten Aldridge.

Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting reference number 12120061729.