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Police appeal after pedestrian has bag snatched by cyclist

Posted on 8th April 2014

A woman had her handbag snatched from her shoulder by a thief on a bike while she was walking along a Derby street.

The victim was walking in London Road at about 12.45am on Saturday, April 5 when the offender rode up alongside her.

He grabbed her handbag, which contained items including the victim’s phone and cash, and cycled off along London Road away from the city centre.

The robber was described as in his late-teens to mid-20s and of skinny build. He wore a black hooded top with three white stripes down the sleeves and black tracksuit bottoms. The bike he was riding was black.

Detective Sergeant Chris Richmond, who leads the city’s robbery investigation team, said: “We’ve had reports recently of women being targeted by robbers on bikes who grab their bags as they ride past.

“Although these incidents are isolated, it’s important for people to be aware of their surroundings and to do everything they can to avoid being targeted.

“I’d urge people to keep an eye out for suspicious activity and, where possible, to stick in a group or make sure your belongings are secure.”

Did you see anyone matching that description in the area or do you know who could have committed the robbery?

Witnesses or anyone with information should call Derbyshire police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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