Police hunt for handbag thief

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POLICE are hunting a handbag thief who struck twice in Sunderland.

A woman had her bag taken in Bonnersfield, at just before 11.50am yesterday.

Then, just before noon, a woman told police of an attempted handbag theft on Pann Lane in the city centre.

In both incidents the man is described as in his 20s, with dark brown hair and of stocky or large build. He was wearing a red sports top and maroon bottoms.

Officers investigating the incidents believe it could be the same man responsible in both, and are appealing for any witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.