Robbed on way home

A TEENAGE girl was robbed of her handbag, phone and some cash by a man as she walked home.

Detectives in Peterlee are appealing for information following the incident, which happened around 11.30pm on Saturday, as the 18-year-old victim was making her way to her home to Horden from a friend’s house.

She walked down Cumbrian Way in Peterlee, crossed Chapel Hill Road and continued down Braithwaite Road onto a footpath.

Police say it was at this point that she noticed a man wearing a white hooded top walking in the same direction as her in Matterdale Road.

At first she paid him no attention and continued onto the footpath which leads to the Edenvale Estate, at Horden.

As she reached the first house in Edenvale Estate, she was grabbed from behind by the man.

Officers say he threatened her, searched her and took her black Cassa de Borsa handbag, Blackberry mobile phone and a small amount of money.

The handbag contained a sketch pad which is for college work, and has tattoo designs drawn in.

The attacker then told her to keep walking and not to look around, say police, before making off from the area.

Detective Constable Barry Johnson, of Peterlee CID, said: “Although the victim was not physically hurt she was left very distressed and upset by the incident.

“Even at that time of night I am hoping there may have been other people around who might have seen a man matching this description wearing a white hooded top.”

The attacker is described white, around 5ft 10in tall, of average build and between 20 and 40. He spoke with a local accent.

Anyone with information can call Durham Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.