Clacton: Appeal for information following violent robbery of woman in her 40s.


An appeal for more information has gone out after a woman was violently assaulted during a robbery in Clacton at the weekend.

The woman in her 40s was approached from behind in an alleyway off London Road, near Chantry Close, at about 6.30pm on Sunday September 15.

Two men or youths attempted to snatch her bag but when the woman tried to hold on to it she fell to the ground and was kicked in the back and punched in the face.

The thieves then fled with the distinctive black and red shoulder bag, a grey purse which contained £20 cash, a bank card and personal documents.

Detective Sergeant Tim Coyles of Clacton CID said: “The thieves used quite a shocking level of violence against the woman and the assault continued while she was defenceless on the ground.

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“She was taken to Colchester General Hospital and had treatment to a cut on her head and various bruising and swellings.

“We want to hear from anyone who saw the assault, anyone who has seen the bag or purse or anyone who can identify the two thieves.”

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Both of the attackers were white but as their faces were covered their ages are not known. One is reported to be taller and was wearing a grey hooded top and grey tracksuit bottoms. The other attacker was wearing a dark-coloured hooded top.

Anyone with information should contact DS Coyles or DC Annalise Redden at Clacton police station on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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