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12 April 2011, 17:12 | Updated: 12 April 2011, 17:15
Police are appealing for witnesses and information after two attempted robberies in the Woodhall area of Welwyn Garden City, which officers are linking.
The first incident happened at about 4.45pm on an alleyway off Burgundy Croft on Sunday April 3. A woman in her 60s was walking along the alleyway, which separates Burgundy Croft from Woodhall shops, on her way to the shops when a man approached from behind on a push bike and tried to grab her bag.
He was unsuccessful and so cycled off in the direction he came from.
The second incident happened between 9.30pm and 10pm on Sunday, April 3, on Cole Green Lane. Two women were walking down the road, about 100 metres away from the Chieftain pub, when they were approached by a man on a pushbike who pulled up in front of them. He threatened them and demanded their handbags.
The two woman, one in her 50s and one in her 60s, have hit the man with one of their handbags and attempted to pull him off his bike. He has then ridden off towards Upperfield Road empty-handed.
The suspect for both is described as a white man, about 5ft 6ins tall, of thin build with a gaunt appearance and sunken cheeks, aged about 20, with a London accent and a deep voice.
In the first incident he was wearing a green hoody.
In the second he was wearing a black hooded top with a white oval logo and a zig zag pattern in the middle on the back.
DC Ian Aldridge, investigating from Welwyn Hatfield Local Crime Unit, said: “I would encourage anyone who saw any suspicious activity around the time of these incidents, or who has any other information in relation to these crimes to contact me.
“We believe they are linked and I would also encourage anyone who thinks they recognise the suspect description to come forward.
“In particular, if anyone was at the Woodhall shops area during the time of the first incident of the Chieftain pub for the second one, you may have information vital to this investigation.”
Anyone with any information on this crime should ring DC Aldridge via the non-emergency number 0845 33 00 222. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers (an independent charity) anonymously on 0800 555111.