A woman had her purse stolen during a terrifying robbery in a Burnley park.
The incident took place at around 12-45pm yesterday in Thompson Park.
The 43-year-old woman was walking with her children when she has felt a man put his hand on her mouth and his other arm round her neck.
He then pulled her handbag from her shoulder, letting go of her. The offender searched the bag, removed a purse and threw the bag on the floor. He then ran off with the purse along a path into the park.
DC Barry James from Burnley CID said: “This incident was very distressing for this woman particularly as this happened in the presence of her children.
“She is lucky not to have been physically harmed but she is understandably shaken.
“If you were in the area at the time and may have seen this robbery taking place or you know anything about it at all, please make contact with us.”
The offender is described as a tanned male, between 18 and 19 years old, of a slim build and was wearing a grey hooded top and blue jeans.
Anyone with information can call Burnley CID on 01282 472119. Alternatively they can ring 101 quoting incident reference 629 of August 26th.
Crimestoppers can also be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at Crimestoppers-uk.org.