Woman foiled handbag thief

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A QUICK-THINKING woman scared 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.

She challenged him and he ran off towards Houghton town centre and the dentist’s in Church Street.

He was about 5ft 4 tall, chubby build, aged about 17 with very short black hair. He was wearing blue jeans, a dark jumper with a scruffy appearance.

Officers are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen what happened.

The attempted theft took place on Monday at about 9.35am.

Any witnesses should contact Northumbria Police on 101, extension 69191.