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Woman mugged in cathedral grounds

November 23, 2012, 1:27 pm

Police have released descriptions of a robber and his accomplice who mugged a woman as she walked through the grounds of Peterborough Cathedral.

The 56-year-old victim was approaching the exit onto Midgate at about 5.45pm on Saturday (November 17) when she heard someone walking behind her.

As she reached the barrier at the exit a man attempted to grab her handbag, which was over her shoulder. She held onto the straps with both arms and was pulled to the ground. She continued to resist but the robber eventually ripped the strap from her grasp and made off into the cathedral grounds with another man who was nearby.

The handbag was later recovered but her purse containing cash and cards had been taken.

The robber is described as white, about 510”, very slim and underweight, pale and gaunt, in his late teens to early 20s, with light brown messy hair, which was slightly wavy and short at the back and sides. He wore a black waterproof jacket which appeared too big for him and was unzipped to the front and light trousers.

His accomplice was of similar height, medium build, with short, light brown hair and wore a dark padded jacket.

DC Paul Twell, who is investigating, said: “Fortunately, the victim was not seriously hurt but she was left very shaken and upset. We have a good description of the robber so I would ask people to consider whether they know who might be responsible or saw something significant on Saturday afternoon.”

Anyone with information should contact DC Twell on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 101.

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