Police are hunting a robber after a shopper had her bag snatched in a busy area of Murton.
The woman, was walking along Woods Terrace at about 12 o’clock on Friday when a man approached her from behind and grabbed the small, pink, zipped bag she was carrying before escaping.
The 31-year-old victim was left shaken but uninjured by the incident.
The bag contained a small amount of money and banks cards.
The thief is described as being in his 20s to 30s and of slim build.
Anyone who witnessed the incident, or has information that could help identify the man responsible, can contact Peterlee CID via 101.