An evofit image of a man who police would like to speak to has been released after a woman was robbed and assaulted in Preston. At about 7:35pm on Saturday 21st February, a 19 year old woman had been walking along Old Vicarage across from Preston Bus Station towards the city centre.
The woman was confronted by two men; one of the men has asked her for money. The man has then grabbed her handbag and has reached inside, removing the woman’s purse. He has then put his hand inside her jacket packet, and took her handbag and her iPhone 4s.
After he has taken these items, the man has then punched the girl in the face, which has knocked her backwards into a rubbish bin.
Both of the men have then run off in the direction of the city centre.
DS Jerry Sturgess, Preston CID, said ‘This is an appalling attack on a young care worker who was making her way to the train station to carry on her journey. She has been punched with such ferocity that she fell backwards and had to go to hospital to ascertain whether her cheek was actually broken.
‘Thankfully, she hasn’t been left with any broken bones; however this was still a callous and violent robbery which has left her very shaken, particularly as she isn’t even from the Preston area. Given the time of night that this incident occurred, I am sure people must have seen something so if anyone has any information about it, please come forward.’
The man who has attacked the woman has been described as being white, around 25 years old, 5ft 6ins, with a slim build and short dark hair. He had been wearing a black hooded top and spoke with a local accent.
The second man has been described as being white, 5ft 6ins, aged around 20, with short dark hair and he had been wearing a black jacket with a white logo on the left chest. He did not speak.
Anybody who has got any information should get in touch with Lancashire Police on 101 quoting log number 1217 of 21 February.
Alternatively, people can get in touch with Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or they can go online at Crimestoppers-uk.org. There are no personal details taken, no information is traced or recorded and you will not go to court.