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Bicycle-riding robber steals handbag from woman before attacking man outside home

She suffered minor injuries. Her bag contained a small amount of cash and her house keys.

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Police are seeking information after a bicycle-riding robber stole a handbag from an elderly woman in Newark as she was crossing the street.

The 77-year-old victim, who was on crutches, was at the junction of Guildhall Street and Balderton Gate at 5.40pm on Friday 28 February 2020.

A male suspect on a bike approached her from behind and snatched her handbag, causing her to stumble.

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She tried to fight the robber off but he got away with her bag, riding off in the direction of London Road.

She suffered minor injuries. Her bag contained a small amount of cash and her house keys.

The male was wearing dark clothing and a beanie-style hat and was riding a dark-coloured bicycle.

Officers are currently linking this incident to a report of an attempted robbery which happened a few minutes later on Albert Street, Newark.

A 51-year-old man had withdrawn cash from an ATM at the Co-op on Albert Street before walking a short distance home.

After arriving at his house the victim was confronted by a male suspect on his doorstep who demanded his money.

The male punched the victim several times in the face as he tried to get his money but he fought him off. The suspect then fled on a bicycle empty-handed. The victim suffered facial injuries.

Detective Sergeant Ricky Ellis, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Targeting an elderly woman on crutches as she walks across the street and attacking a man after he has withdrawn cash from an ATM are despicable acts and it’s imperative that we trace who is responsible.

“While these types of incident are extremely rare, we are carrying out extensive enquiries, we are appealing to anyone who witnessed either of these incidents and who may have seen a male on a bike in the area to please get in touch with us.

“We’d also like to hear from anyone who may have CCTV or dash-cam footage which may have been recording in these areas around the time of these incidents.

“The information you provide could prove vital in helping us trace the person responsible and bring them to justice.”

Anyone who has any information is urged to call Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting either incident number 719 or 723 of 28 February 2020, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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