Cyclists could help solve 'blatant attempted robbery' in Hatfield, say police

PUBLISHED: 15:45 12 July 2013 | UPDATED: 15:45 12 July 2013

Police have appealed for two cyclists to help their investigations

Police have appealed for two cyclists to help their investigations

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TWO cyclists could hold the key to snaring an attempted robber who tried to strike in Hatfield on Tuesday.

Today (Friday), police appealed for the duo, who stopped to help the victim, to come forward.

A woman in her 30s was left “very distressed” after she was approached from behind by a man, who attempted to grab her handbag.

But she fought him off, and he ran away empty handed in the direction of the Galleria.

It happened at around 6.50pm in Birchwood, close to Stockbreach Close.

The would-be thief is described as white, slim, in his early 20s, with shaved blond hair.

He was wearing a dark blue hooded top, with navy blue combat shorts, a white shirt and trainers.

It is believed two cyclists stopped to help the victim, but left without leaving their details.

DC Ashleigh Olwage, from the local crime unit in Hatfield, said: “I would like to speak to these two cyclists as they may have seen the incident and be able to help with the investigation.

“This was a blatant attempted robbery that took place in broad daylight on a well-used footpath.

“Fortunately the victim was unhurt however it left her very distressed.”

Anyone with information can contact Herts Police’s non-emergency number, 101, quoting crime reference number B2/13/2133.

Alternatively they can call Crimestoppers, the independent charity, anonymously on 0800 555111.

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