Man grabs handbag off woman's shoulder

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A WOMAN had her handbag snatched by a bike-riding thief.

The 53-year-old was walking along Forton Road, in Gosport, when a man cycled up behind her and snatched the handbag off her shoulder.

After grabbing the bag, the cyclist rode off along Russell Street.

Police have revealed that the theft happened on Monday at 6pm outside the Charcoal Grill kebab shop.

The suspect is described as aged about 25. He was white, with short, dark hair and a stocky build. He was wearing a fawn-coloured jacket and dark trousers.

PC Amanda-Jane Williams said: 'This is a random theft on a lone woman walking along a busy road in the early evening.

'Given these circumstances, it appears to be an act of real desperation on behalf of the offender.

'People should ensure their purses, wallets and handbags are secure as they walk around in public.

'Often, wearing a handbag strap diagonally across your body can provide a real deterrent to would-be thieves.'

The brown handbag contained a wallet, house keys, glasses, 20 in cash, a debit card and driver's licence. The woman was not injured.

Anyone with information should call Gosport police station on 101.