POLICE are appealing for information after a would-be robber tried to mug a woman in an alleyway.
A man approached the 48-year-old woman in an alley between Durness Grove and Brierton Lane, Hartlepool, and forcibly tried to take her handbag.
The attempted robbery took place at around 1.30pm on Wednesday, August 20.
After a short struggle, the suspect made off empty handed. The victim was left shaken but was otherwise unhurt.
The suspect is described as a white male, around 5ft 8in to 5ft 9in-tall, aged in his late twenties to early thirties, with short, dark hair and blue eyes.
He was wearing a grey bomber-style jacket and black tracksuit bottoms.
Any witnesses or anyone with information is asked to contact DC Simon Clark on the non-emergency 101 number or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.