Woman punches victim during attempted robbery

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A woman punched a victim as she and an accomplice attempted to rob him in Luton this morning,

The incident happened at approximately 9am as the victim, a 26-year-old man, was walking along Rothesay Road.

One woman stopped the victim asking for change and when the victim checked his wallet a second woman appeared.

The second offender demanded the victim hand over his wallet and then tried to grab it from his grasp before the first offender punched him in the face.

Both women ran from the scene empty handed.

The first offender is described as a black woman, mid to late 30s, 5’6” tall with a slight build and her hair tied back. She wore a dark jacket or coat and trousers.

The second offender is described as a mixed race woman with freckles, approximately 5’7” tall with a slight build and fuzzy hair which was tied up. She wore a light coloured t-shirt and jogging bottoms.

DC Lucy Arnold, investigating, would like to urge anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone who may have been approached by these women to come forward and contact the police.

DC Arnold said: “This area of the town is busy during the morning and it is possible that other pedestrians or road users may have noticed the two women.

“I would urge these people to come forward as they may hold vital information that could help identify the women responsible.”

Anyone with information relating to the incident can contact DC Arnold, in confidence, at Luton Police Station, on 01582 394285, or Bedfordshire Police on 101, or text information to 07786 200011.

Alternatively you can contact the independent crime fighting charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.