Woman has handbag snatched in robbery

23 Mar 2017 12:41 PM

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Police are appealing for witnesses after a robbery in Jarrow.

The robbery happened at 7.10pm last night in Tynemouth Road when a 52-year-old woman had her handbag snatched from her. The offender grabbed the victims handbag causing her to fall to the ground after a brief struggle.

It's believed the offender followed the victim from Fellgate Metro Station. He is described as skinny build, not very tall and was wearing a baseball cap, grey jogging bottoms and possible a light coloured bomber jacket.

The robbery follows a second incident that happened at Fellgate Metro Station earlier in March.

On Monday March 6 an 80-year-old woman had her handbag snatched from her outside Fellgate Metro Station in Durham Drive.

The offender is described as a white male in his late teens, slim build, 5ft 4 inches tall and wearing a blue hat, grey tracksuit bottoms and black top.

Enquiries are being carried out into both robberies and at this stage it is not known whether or not they are linked.

Any witnesses to either robbery should contact Northumbria Police on 101 quoting reference 928 220317 for the Tynemouth Road robbery and 463 060317 for the Durham Drive robbery. Alternatively, the independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police are also keen to hear from anyone who sees anyone fitting either of these descriptions hanging around the metro station to report this to police.

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