A QUICK-THINKING woman fought off a potential thief who tried to snatch her handbag.
The 52-year-old was walking near to the footbridge in Nesham Place, Houghton, when a man came at her from behind and tried to steal from her bag.
The woman challenged the man and he ran off towards Houghton town centre and the dentist on Church Street.
He is described as about 5ft 4 tall, of chubby build, and was about 17-years-old with very short black hair.
At the time of the attempted theft, he was wearing blue jeans a dark jumper and was scruffy.
Officers are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen what happened or have any information.
The attempted theft took place on Monday at about 9.35am.
Any witnesses should contact Northumbria Police on 101 ex 69191 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.