Pensioner injured as cyclist tries to grab her bag

IN THE FRAME: The CCTV image of the cyclist.
IN THE FRAME: The CCTV image of the cyclist.
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A PENSIONER fell to the ground after a cyclist tried to snatch her handbag.

The 69-year-old woman was walking home from the Co-op in Seaside Lane, Easington Colliery, and was with a friend at the rear of The Crescent when the bag on her shoulder was grabbed.

She suffered a slight graze on her left cheek and bruising on her left knee after she hit the ground during the struggle, but did not require medical treatment.

The would-be thief rode off empty-handed on a blue mountain bike in the direction of The Crescent.

Pc Paul Pringle believes the cyclist was in the vicinity of Seaside Lane and Cemetery Bank for a short while before the incident took place near to the graveyard.

He is described as in his late teens to early 20s, about 5ft 8ins tall, slim, with a thin face.

He was wearing a dark woollen hat, jacket, tracksuit bottoms and trainers.

Officers have released a CCTV image of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the inquiry.

The attack happened at 1.30pm on Wednesday, May 22, but police have only just released details.

Anyone who can help identify the man pictured is asked to contact Pc Pringle or Pc Terry Hill, of the Easington neighbourhood policing team, on 
101 ext 6614630 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.