Attempted robbery in Blackburn

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

WE are appealing for information after an attempted robbery in Blackburn.

Police were called at around 17:45 hours on Saturday 31st March to reports of the incident on Crossfield Street, close to the Bennington Street end.

A woman in her 60s was travelling down the street on her mobility scooter when she was approached from behind by unknown offenders. They grabbed the hood of her jacket and pulled it back, pinning her head to the headrest of the scooter.

They meanwhile tried to grab her handbag, which had a cross body shoulder strap. The victim continued to travel down the road, trying to escape the offenders and collided with a bollard, causing damage to her scooter.

It is believed the offenders were disturbed by an approaching vehicle and fled the scene empty handed. They made off down St Mary’s Wharfe.

The driver of the vehicle stopped to check on the victim.

DC Nicola Ibbotson of Blackburn CID, said: “We are appealing for any witnesses to this incident to please come forward. This was a scary experience for the victim and we need to find out who is responsible. I would also ask that the member of the public, who stopped to check on the victim, please lets us know who they are.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting log number 1365 of 31st March.


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