Appeal for witnesses after bag snatch bid

Mark Bibby

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A WOMAN thwarted a robbery bid by holding on to her handbag until members of the public helped, police said.

The victim was in Selbourne Road, Havant, near Next and Sports Direct at 4.20pm on Tuesday.

Police said it was reported that a man tried to grab her handbag. She was unhurt. A Hampshire police spokeswoman said: ‘The man made off without the handbag.’

A man, 42, of Havant has been arrested on suspicion of attempted robbery and assault by beating.

Witnesses can call police on 101.