West Midlands Police have today released a press statement after a woman was attacked during a bag snatch in Wednesfield:
A woman was dragged to the ground and repeatedly punched in the head as thieves snatched her handbag in a violent robbery in Wolverhampton over the weekend.
The victim, a 44-year-old woman, was walking along Spring Hill Road, Wednesfield at around 7:45pm on Saturday evening (5 January) when she was approached by two men on a moped.
They came from behind and tried to snatch her handbag but, when she put up a fight, they launched a ferocious attack – pushing her to the ground and punching her in the head several times.
After grabbing the bag, the two men got away on a white moped with no registration plates.
Sergeant Nick Walton, from Wolverhampton CID, said: “The victim had to go to hospital following the robbery, but thankfully was not seriously hurt and was discharged later in the evening. However she has clearly been left extremely shaken by what happened.
“Somebody will know who these two men are and I would urge them to do the right thing and contact us as quickly as possible.”
Police are following up numerous lines of enquiry after speaking to nearby witnesses and are currently carrying out a CCTV trawl of the area.
Local patrols have been stepped up to reassure local residents following the attack.
The offenders are both described as white men in their 20s, wearing motorcycle helmets. One of the men was of slim build and wore a white-ish coloured crash helmet.
Sgt Walton added: “Robbery across the city of Wolverhampton has dropped by 31 per cent since April 2012 compared to the same period the previous year – that equates to 181 fewer victims.
“But any robbery is one too many and we’re determined to find the people responsible for this nasty attack.”
Anyone with information should contact Wolverhampton Police CID on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.