Woman robbed in Blackburn canal attack

Monday, July 17, 2017

We are appealing for information after a woman was robbed in Blackburn.

Police were called around 3.20pm on Thursday (July 13) following reports of an incident close to Harwood Street, Blackburn.

A 48-year-old woman had been walking along the canal opposite Graham and Brown Wallcoverings when she was approached by a man.

The man grabbed her handbag and pushed the victim to the floor with the woman suffering minor injuries.

The victim attempted to chase the attacker but the man made off from the scene.

The offender is described as white, 24 to 30-years-old, 5ft 8in to 5ft 10in tall, of skinny build with short dark hair.  He was wearing a grey t-shirt and blue denim jeans.

Police are appealing for information and want to speak to anyone in the area at the time of the offence.

PC Dan Fish, of Blackburn Police, said: “This robbery has left the victim shaken and upset and we want to find the man responsible as soon as possible.

“The woman has given chase to stop the offender but was unsuccessful in catching him.

“In the process of the foot chase there have been members of the public on the footpath who would have seen this male running from the aggrieved and I am keen to speak to these individuals.

“If you saw what happened and have yet to speak with police, please contact us immediately.”

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting crime reference ED1711317. Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555111 or online at

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