Mansfield: Quick thinker foils handbag snatch

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Detectives need to trace a member of the public who thwarted a handbag thief in Mansfield on Tuesday 27th January.

A woman in her 40s was walking on Church Street, outside Lloyds Bank, at around 4.55pm, when a man approached from behind and tried to grab her bag.

A member of the public saw what was happening and intervened, at which point the offender ran off. The suspect is described as white, 6’ tall, of broad build, with blond hair. He was in a navy coat, with a woolly texture, and blue jeans.

Investigating officers believe there were other people present at the time who may also have witnessed what happened.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting 720 of 27 Jan 2015 of or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.