Police are appealing for information following two robberies in Burnley.
The two incidents, which are being linked, happened at around noon on Monday, November 14th.
The first happened on Grey Street in Burnley when a man on a motorbike chased after a 30-year-old woman, threatened her with a weapon, described as a machete, and demanded her handbag. She dropped the bag and fled the scene, thankfully unhurt.
The suspect was described as white, wearing a helmet, a bright green jacket or high visibility jacket. He was approximately 5ft 2” and of slim build. He was riding a small motorbike.
The second incident occurred nearby when a second woman was chased by the same suspect, but fled the area. He was described as wearing black trousers or jeans, a black coat with a high visibility jacket worn over the top. He was wearing a blue and silver helmet.
PC Kieron Passmore, of Burnley Police, said: “These must have been terrifying incidents for the women involved and it is fortunate that no one was hurt.
“Both incidents occurred in the same area at similar times. It was the middle of the day in a built up area and it is possible that somebody has seen the incidents or seen the suspect in the area at the time.
“I would appeal for anyone who has any information to contact us on 101 quoting log number 0617 of November 14th.”
Alternatively, can call independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers.org.