Woman slaps attacker across face

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A 54-year-old woman fought off a cowardly robber after he tried to steal her handbag as she walked home from a friend’s house.

The victim was walking along Briercliffe Road, Burnley, near to the bus stop by Haydock Street when she was grabbed from behind by a man shortly after midnight (Saturday).

The attacker grabbed the woman’s hair but after a brief struggle she managed to slap him to the right side of his face and he ran off empty handed.

The offender is described as a white male and Det. Sgt Alisa Wilson from Burnley CID said: “This has been a terrifying ordeal for the victim and she has displayed a tremendous amount of bravery. I would urge anyone who may have witnessed the robbery or who knows the identity of her attacker to contact police on 101 quoting log reference 46 of 7th March 2015.”

Alternatively, they can contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or online at Crimestoppers-uk.org.