Appeal after 65-year-old woman’s purse is stolen

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POLICE are appealing for information after a 65-year-old woman had her purse stolen while walking through Burnley’s Ightenhill Park.

The victim was walking her dogs through the park and was just about to reach Ightenhill Park Lane, when she was approached by a man on June 24th. She was pushed from behind, causing her to stumble and drop her purse.

The man then picked up the purse and ran off through the park in the direction of Avondale Avenue and Padiham Road. The incident happened at around 8-15am.

The offender has been described as white, in his late teens to early 20’s, with a pale complexion. He is thought to be between 5ft. 3in. and 5ft. 5in. tall and of slim build.

He was wearing a dark navy or black hooded top or jacket with the hood up, jeans and a pair of combat style, ankle high, laced boots. His jeans were tucked into the boots and the dark top or jacket that he was wearing had a distinctive red writing across the shoulders and a large letter G.

DC Tim Maddox from Burnley CID said: “I would appeal to anyone who may have been in the area at the time and remembers seeing anything at all suspicious in the area to come forward and contact us.”

Anyone with any information can contact DC Maddox in Burnley CID on 01282 472124, or by calling 101. Alternatively, information can be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.