A 30-YEAR-OLD woman had her purse and handbag stolen during a robbery in Warwick.
The woman was walking along Smith Street around 1.30pm on Sunday (March 22) when she was approached from behind by an unknown man who gave her a blow to her back, which caused her to stumble forward.
The man grabbed her handbag from her and ran in the direction of The Butts.
The victim chased after the man while shouting for help from passing motorists, one of whom stopped and managed to chase the suspect to an alleyway, which runs from The Butts through to Church Street and St Mary’s Church.
The robber was last seen heading in the direction of Old Square then left onto New Street.
And although the woman managed to recover her stolen handbag and a number of items which had been left in the street, her purse had been taken.
The cream leather Radley purse contained a significant amount of money in cash, various debit cards and identification as well as sentimental photographs.
The man is thought to be about 30 years old, around 6ft tall, clean shaven, with short dark cropped hair and of a medium build.
At the time of the incident he was wearing a black hooded top, blue jeans and white trainers.
Anyone with information is asked to call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.