Police investigate after man attempts to rob teenager's handbag in a Leeds village

A man fled empty handed after he tried to steal a woman's bag while she walked through the village of Hawksworth.

By The Newsroom
Saturday, 12th August 2017, 5:13 pm
Updated Monday, 11th September 2017, 12:18 pm
Police are appealing for witnesses after a man tried to take a woman's handbag in a Leeds village.
Police are appealing for witnesses after a man tried to take a woman's handbag in a Leeds village.

The 19 year-old woman was walking along Butcher Hill in the village at around 9.50pm on Thursday when she felt someone tugging her bag from behind.

West Yorkshire Police say she pulled on her bag to keep hold of it, but then fell to the floor. The suspect then ran off down a footpath close to the Abbey Grange School.

He is described as being of large build, in his twenties, wearing a black tracksuit with the hood up.

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The woman was unhurt and nothing was taken, police added.

Police are appealing for witnesses to contact the Leeds District Crime Team on 101, quoting crime reference 13170368615.Information can also be reported anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.