A WOMAN was attacked by muggers after they tried to snatch her handbag.
The 31-year-old was targeted in the car park at Mill House Leisure Centre, in Raby Road, Hartlepool, between 4.30pm and 5pm yesterday.
The woman managed to hold on to her handbag but she was hit in the face during the incident.
Officers from Hartlepool Police have launched an appeal for witnesses.
Inspector Mick Brown said: “There was an attempted robbery and a struggle ensued.
“The woman managed to hold on to her handbag, but she was struck in the face.”
Police are looking for two men in their late teens and early 20s in connection with the incident.
Anyone with information is asked to call Hartlepool Police on (01642) 326326 or independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.