A thief tried to snatch a handbag from a woman as she walked along a Sunderland street.
The attempted theft happened in Earsdon Road in Hougton at about 9.40pm on Friday October 2.
The thief tried to snatch a handbag from a 69-year-old woman causing her to fall to the ground before running off empty handed.
Officers are carrying out enquiries and appealing for information. Witnesses are being asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference 1277 021015 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.