Police hunt bungling robber

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POLICE are hunting a man who tried to rob a woman as she walked along a street.

The 22-year-old victim was walking along Lowthian Road, Hartlepool, at around 9pm on Monday when she was approached from behind.

Police said the man put his hands in her pockets.

The man was 5ft 6in tall, aged in his early 30s, of skinny build with short stubble over his face.

He was wearing a dark coloured tracksuit top which had a lighter coloured hood with two white stripes across the front and light blue denim jeans.

Any witnesses or anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Constable Christopher Bryan, at Hartlepool CID, on the non-emergency 101 number or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.