Normanton bag snatch cyclist targets two women in 15 minutes
A CYCLIST twice targeted women by riding up to them from behind and snatching their handbags.
Both incidents took place on Wednesday (Jan 16) in Normanton.
At 2.30pm a 79-year-old woman was walking along Upper Dale Road when she was approached from behind by a man on a bike who pushed her, causing the woman to stumble.
He then grabbed her handbag from her shoulder, which contained a mobile phone, keys and money, and cycled off towards Church Street.
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The victim was not injured.
A similar incident took place 15 minutes later in Walbrook Road.
A 57-year-old woman was walking in the direction of the Cavendish when a man on a bicycle came up behind her and grabbed her handbag and a carrier bag containing shopping.
The bag was black faux leather with sequins and diamantes on the front with a buckle and small charm on the handle.
It contained cash, a pair of glasses and cards.
In both incidents the only description of the offender is that he wore dark clothing, possibly a hooded top.
Officers would like to speak to anyone who witnessed either incident or has any information about the thefts on 101.