A WOMAN was left shaken and bruised after a man attempted to steal her handbag as she walked to work.
The victim, who is in her 40s, was on Newtown Road last Wednesday (November 13) at 5.50am when the man walked past her in the opposite direction as she passed under the railway bridge.
A moment later he yanked the strap of her bag, which was across her body, with such force from behind that she was pulled over.
The man tried for a second time to pull the bag from her but was unsuccessful and made off.
He is described as being around 5ft 11ins tall, wearing a dark-coloured puffer jacket, thick woolly hat and dark trainers. Distinctively he smelt strongly of cannabis.
PC Dee Stanley, who is investigating the incident, said: “While nothing was stolen, the woman suffered soreness and bruising because of the fall, including to her face. She was also left very shaken by the incident.
“I would like to appeal to anyone who was on Newton Road around 6am and saw anyone acting suspiciously to please contact me.”
PC Stanley can be contacted via the non-emergency police number 101 or information can be passed on anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.