POLICE are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a woman sustained a broken nose and had her handbag stolen after being attacked as she walked home from work in Blackpool.
The incident took place around 6pm on Monday 6th January when the 47 year old victim was walking along Warbreck Hill Road adjacent to Gynn Gardens when she was approached by a man who grabbed her handbag from her shoulder.
The woman attempted to keep hold of her bag but she was punched hard in the face by the man causing her to fall backwards and hit her head on the floor. The man then made off with her bag along Ormond Avenue.
The black handbag contained a Sony Xperia mobile phone with a pink metallic coloured back and a broken Samsung mobile phone.
DC Mark Anson from Blackpool CID said: “This was a nasty attack in which the victim suffered a broken nose which required surgery. I would appeal for anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone who has been offered the phones for sale to contact Blackpool CID on 101.”
The offender is described as being aged around 19 or 20 years old and spoke with a local accent. He was wearing a black hooded, black jeans and canvas trousers.
Anybody with any information can contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at Crimestoppers-uk.org