Woman attacked by four men in Hatfield
PUBLISHED: 11:39 19 July 2018 | UPDATED: 11:39 19 July 2018
Police have launched an investigation after a woman was attacked and had her clothes ripped in Hatfield by four young men during an attempted robbery.
At around 7.20pm yesterday (Wednesday, July 18), a 28-year-old woman was walking along Ground Lane in the direction of St Albans Road East when she was grabbed from behind by a man.
A police spokeswoman said: “Two other men went either side of her, with one male attempting to take her purse and the other grabbing her top causing it to rip and leaving the victim with scratch marks to her chest.
“The offenders made off in a black Vauxhall Corsa after the victim screamed and a member of the public intervened.”
The vehicle is described as having lowered suspension, tinted windows and ‘1.2’ written on the back.
The offenders are described as three black males in their late teens.
The male who grabbed the victim from behind is described as around 6ft tall, of a skinny build and clean shaven.
He was wearing a grey tracksuit with the hood up, white trainers, and grey baggy trousers hanging below his waist.
The male who tried taking the victim’s purse is described as between 5ft 7in and 5ft 8in tall, clean shaven, of a stocky build and with a scar on the right side of his face from the top of his hairline to his eyebrow.
He was wearing a dark grey/black tracksuit with the hood up and dark-coloured/black Nike Airmax trainers.
The male who ripped the victim’s shirt is described as having blue/green eyes, a slightly lighter complexion than the other two males, between 5ft 11in and 6ft tall, of a stocky build and wearing a blue Nike zip-up hoody with the hood up, and grey jogging bottoms.
A fourth male was also in the vehicle.
Detective sergeant Dean Trollope from the Welwyn Hatfield Local Crime Unit said: “I understand this incident will have caused concern to the public and I would like to reassure you that we are doing all that we can to trace the offenders.
“If you saw anyone matching these descriptions in the area around the time stated or if you have any other information that can assist with our investigation, please do not hesitate to call 101, quoting crime reference 41/18968/18.”