Bag snatched from elderly woman out walking

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AN ELDERLY woman had her handbag snatched in North Shields at the weekend.

Police are appealing for witnesses after the incident on Saturday, February 5, at 3.25pm, when the 72-year-old and her husband were walking along Walwick Avenue in North Shields.

They were approached from behind and a man grabbed the woman’s bag and ran off.

The woman was shocked but otherwise uninjured.

The bag is described as black with two small side pockets, and contained personal items and some cash.

The offender was said to be wearing a navy blue light jacket, woolly hat and white plimsolls.

The man ran off towards Chollerford Avenue after the snatch.

Neighbourhood officers are carrying out enquiries in the area and are appealing for witnesses.

Anyone with information or who was in the vicinity at the time is asked to contact police on 03456 043043 ext 69191 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.