Woman pushed and shaken in attempted robbery

A woman was attacked in broad daylight in an attempted robbery on a Preston street.

Monday, 21st March 2016, 10:41 am
Updated Monday, 21st March 2016, 11:42 am
Junction of Peel Hall Street and Graham Street. Picture: Google

The incident occurred on Friday, March 18, between 9.15am and 9.25am, at the junction of Graham Street and Peel Hall Street.

The offender approached the victim, a 38-year-old woman, pushed her to her chest and took hold of her shoulders, before shaking her and shouting for her to empty her pockets.

The victim screamed and the offender ran off empty-handed down a footpath next to a nearby apartment block.

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Officers are now appealing for anyone with information about the incident to come forward.

In particular, two women who came to the victim’s aim immediately after the attack and who may have seen what happened, are urged to contact police.

Detective Constable Rachael Ashcroft, of Preston CID, said: “This attack took place in broad daylight on a residential street, just moments after the victim had withdrawn money from a nearby cash machine.

“We believe the offender may have followed the victim from the cashpoint, so she is understandably shaken.

“We are now keen to speak to anybody with information that could assist with our enquiries, or who may witnessed the incident.”

The offender is described as being Asian, of thin build, with short black hair and a North West accent. He was wearing a light grey padded jacket.

Anybody with information should contact police on 101, quoting log number 0326 of March 18th, 2016.