POLICE are appealing for witnesses following an attempted robbery in Bacup town centre.
The robbery took place in an alleyway on Yorkshire Street that leads to Earnshaw Road, opposite the old doctor’s surgery site at 18:30hrs on Monday 2nd December 2013.
A man has followed the lone 20 year old woman from close to the centre of Bacup and attacked her in the alleyway but was forced to run away empty handed.
The man fled from the alleyway, back down Yorkshire Street, through the centre of Bacup and up South Street.
DC Dave Greenwood from Pennine CID said: “We believe the man responsible was possibly loitering outside The Queens public house and has seen the victim with her mobile phone and has followed her into the alleyway and attempted to steal her phone.”
“Fortunately the victim wasn’t injured but as you can imagine is extremely shaken as a result of the attack. This is clearly a serious offence and an investigation is underway to catch the man responsible. Anyone with any information that could assist should contact me on 101 or direct on 01282 472282.”
The offender is described as being a white man aged 30 -35 years, 5’ 6’ tall, medium build and with a shaven head, he was wearing a black jacket with reflective strips down each sleeve.
People with information can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at Crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.