Police hunt bag snatcher in Sunderland city centre

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POLICE investigating a handbag snatch and attempted handbag snatch in Sunderland have released CCTV images of someone they wish to trace.

At just before 11.50am, on Wednesday, November 19, police received a report that a woman had her handbag stolen in Bonnersfield.

A further report was received just before 12pm, of an attempted handbag theft on Pann Lane in the city centre.

A woman was approached by a man who tried to snatch her bag but she was able to hang on to it. He made off in the direction of the Wearmouth Bridge.

Officers investigating the incidents believe it could be the same man responsible in both.

Police are appealing for any witnesses or anyone with information to come forward, in particular, anyone who recognises the man in the image as he may be able to help with enquiries.

People can contact police on 101, extension 69191, quoting log numbers 458 and 444 19/11/14 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.