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10 August 2010, 13:24
A 41 year old woman’s been robbed in Lymington.
It happened on Saturday August 7, between 6.20am and 6.50am in a car park just off of the High Street.
The victim was walking to work from the car park when her handbag and rucksack were pulled from her by a man, causing her to fall to the floor.
She screamed and ran to the High Street where she was helped by a member of the public. Her handbag was later found, but her cash and bank cards had been removed.
The suspect is described as:
-A white man
-Aged in his mid to late 20s
-Messy straight dark blond/brown hair which came to the bottom of his ears
-Approximately 5ft 10 to 5ft 11 tall
-Wearing a grey hoodie with the hood down, dark blue jeans and dirty trainers
-His appearance was described as scruffy.
Detective Constable Claire Grant said: “I would like to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time of this incident and saw or heard anything that may be relevant.
“In particular, I’d like to hear from local residents that may have seen a man in the area who fits this description. All of your information is important in helping to locate the man responsible for this crime which left the victim severely shocked.
“This incident occurred on a busy market day, this man may have used the stolen money later in the day at one of the market stalls or in a local shop.
“I would like to take this opportunity to remind members of the public that if they are on their own, they should be alert and stay aware of who is around them.
“If you feel uncomfortable you should head towards busy areas and stay near to other people.
“If someone does try to take your property, you shouldn’t resist. Your safety is more important than your property.
“It is also important to consider what you are carrying in your bags and in your pockets. If you don’t need it, leave it somewhere safe.”
Anyone who witnessed this incident should contact DC Claire Grant at Lyndhurst CID on 101. Alternatively you can call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.