Woman, 63, dragged to ground by handbag thief in 'shocking' broad daylight robbery in Blackburn

A woman had her handbag stolen by a man who dragged her to the ground in broad daylight in a Blackburn car park.

Wednesday, 29th July 2020, 3:48 pm
Updated Wednesday, 29th July 2020, 3:52 pm

A 63-year-old woman was in the car park of the Mill Hill Community Centre at the rear of Francis Street when she was approached by a man at around 5pm on July 17.

The man grabbed the woman’s handbag before dragging her to the ground, robbing her and running away from the scene.

She suffered minor injuries to her knee, hand and elbow as a result of the incident.

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Detectives have now released CCTV images of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the incident and are urging anyone who recognises him to come forward.

Det Con Mark Parrington, of Blackburn CID, said: "This was a shocking offence which took place in broad daylight.

"The victim has been left very shaken and distressed and we want to find the man responsible as soon as possible.

"I would urge anyone who recognises the man pictured to come forward immediately."

Police would like to speak to the man in the CCTV images in connection with the incident. (Credit: Lancashire Police)

The attacker took a beige, brown-coloured leather handbag with a long shoulder strap and a flip cover.

The bag contained a tartan purse with the victim’s bank card and cash, as well as a black Nokia flip phone, address book, umbrella, gloves, glasses and other items.

Anyone with information can contact police by calling 101 or emailing [email protected], quoting log number 1088 of July 17.

Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.

Anyone who recognises the man can contact police by calling101, quoting log number 1088 of July 17. (Credit: Lancashire Police)

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