Woman robbed in Birtley

31 Jan 2017 15:25 PM

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Police are appealing for witnesses after a robbery in Birtley.

At 7:10am on Tuesday, January 31, a 56-year-old woman was walking in Durham Road, near to the Costcutter store, when she was approached by a man.

He threatened the woman and told her to hand over her bag. He brandished a knife and a struggle took place.

The woman's handbag strap snapped however the man fled the scene empty handed.  She was left shaken but uninjured by the incident.

The offender is described as being white, around 6ft tall and 26 / 27 years old. He is of skinny build and has spots on his cheeks and around his mouth.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference number 145 31/01/17.

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