Pensioner robbed of handbag in Portsmouth

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A 72-YEAR-OLD woman was robbed of her handbag in Portsmouth.

Police today revealed details of the attack, which happened on Sunday between 2.30pm and 3pm.

The victim was walking through the car park of St Simon’s Church, on Waverley Road, in Southsea, when she was approached by a man from behind, who grabbed her handbag and pulled it away, causing her to fall to the floor.

The handbag is a black shoulder bag with a picture of a ‘vintage lady’ on the front. It contained a number of personal items.

The man is in his mid-to-late 30s, of an average build, tanned and was wearing a brown cap and a brown jacket.

Detective Constable Julia Hopes, said: ‘I am urging anyone who witnessed what happened, or anyone who has any information that could assist us, to get in touch as soon as possible.

‘We’d also like to speak to anyone who may have found a handbag matching the description.’

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Fratton police station on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.