Police hunt 12-year-old after attempted robbery of Burnley woman (66)

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A 12-YEAR-OLD boy who tried to steal a pensioner’s handbag as she stood on her own doorstep is being hunted by police.

The incident, which police said left the victim “very shaken,” happened around 5-30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 18th, when the 66-year-old woman got off a bus at Queensgate depot.

She walked towards her house in Ivy Street, calling at Kongs Chippy along the way.

As she put her key in her front door a young Asian boy approached her from behind, pressed something sharp into her back and grabbed her bag

The victim screamed and hit the boy in the face causing him to flee empty-handed towards Colne Road.

He is around 12 years of age, 5ft. 1in. tall and of slight build. He was wearing a black jacket with a hood.

Det. Sgt Nick Hodgeson, of Burnley CID, said: “Fortunately no property was stolen and the victim was uninjured, although she has been left very shaken.

“I would appeal to anybody that witnessed this offence or anyone with information that could assist with our investigation to come forward.”

Anyone with any information should call Lancashire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555 111.