Appeal to Trace Good Samaritan Following Attempted Handbag Theft

Police are appealing to trace a member of the public who intervened as a man tried to steal a handbag from a woman in Stockton.

The incident happened at around 8.15pm on Tuesday 29th November as the woman walked onto Marlborough Road from Oxbridge Lane. She was approached by the male, who tried to take her handbag.

As the incident unfolded, a passing motorist stopped his vehicle and shouted to the suspect, who then ran into a rear alley behind Marlborough Road and out of sight. He did not manage to take the handbag.

The suspect is described as a white male, around 5ft 7” tall, with a gaunt appearance and light coloured hair. He was wearing light coloured trainers, dark bottoms, a dark jacket, black gloves and he had an orange hood up which was possibly white inside.

Officers would like to appeal to the passing motorist who stopped, who was driving a grey people carrier, as he may be able to assist with their enquiries.

This man, or anyone else who may have witnessed the incident, is asked to contact DC Jonathan Holborow on the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org.