A WOMAN thwarted a robbery bid by holding on to her handbag until members of the public helped, police said.
The victim was in Selboure Road, Havant, near Next and Sports Direct at 4.20pm on Tuesday when the incident happened.
Police said it was reported a man tried to grab her handbag.
She was unhurt in the incident.
A Hampshire police spokeswoman said: 'The man made off without the handbag.
'We would like to hear from anyone who assisted the woman, as they may hold vital information, which could be useful to our investigation.
'A 42-year-old man from Havant has been arrested on suspicion of attempted robbery and assault by beating.'
Call police on 101 quoting 44170115899 with any information.