A man is being sought by police after allegedly attempting to forcibly take a woman’s handbag in Barnstaple.
Police said a 61-year-old woman was walking along an alleyway between Litchdon Street and Brannam Medical Centre at around 2pm on Friday when she felt a tug on her shoulder.
Officers said she turned around to see the suspect and placed her arm out to stop him taking her bag. He allegedly grabbed hold of her coat and caused damage to the zip before running off.
The suspect is described by police as a white man, approximately 5ft 7”, with short brown hair and wearing dark clothes.
Anyone who witnessed this incident or has any information which could assist with the police investigation is should call 101 and quote crime reference CB/13/3602.
Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.