Handbag Robbers Target Four Women In Street Attacks

Police are appealing for information following a series handbag robberies in Glasgow leaving four women with minor injuries and in a state of shock.

The incidents took place across the city on Tuesday and Wednesday.

On Tuesday at around 3.30pm, a 22-year-old woman had her handbag snatched at Beaconsfied Road and suffered a minor injury as a result of the incident - she did not require medical attention.

At 6.25pm on the same day, an 18-year-old woman had her handbag taken at Armadale Street and suffered a minor injury as a result of the incident. She was taken to Glasgow Royal Infirmary but was released after treatment.

Later on Tuesday at 9.25pm, a 28-year-old woman had her bag snatched at Great Western Road, close to St Georges Cross, and suffered a minor injury, but did not require medical attention.

At around midnight on Wednesday, a 47-year-old woman was robbed of her handbag outside Tesco Extra on Dalmarnock Road.

She sustained a minor injury and was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital where she was later released after treatment.

It has not been confirmed if these incidents are linked and a description of the suspect or suspects is still to be confirmed, police said.

Detective Inspector Alasdair Barlow, said: "We do not yet know if these incidents are linked, or if it was one man or a group of men who are responsible for these robberies which left four women with minor injuries and in a state of shock.

"In all the incidents, one man approached the victims and either attempted to punch the women or drag the women to the ground before making off with their personal property. No weapons were used in these incidents.

"We know that the women were on their own at the time these incidents occurred.

"This speaks to the character and the cowardice of the person or persons involved.

"We are doing all we can to trace the individual or individuals responsible and ensure that they are held to account for his actions.

"We are analysing CCTV, conducting door to door interviews and speaking with local businesses and transport operators.

"There are high visibility patrols being deployed in areas were these women were targeted.

"As police officers, we will not let this man to go undetected.

"As a community, we will not allow the actions of criminals to make women feel unsafe in the areas where they live, work or travel to.''

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 or, alternatively, the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be given anonymously.

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