Police go public with appeal for help after Hemel Hempstead towpath robbery 18 days ago

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Detectives investigating a robbery in Hemel Hempstead have issued an appeal for information and witnesses today – 18 days after the crime was committed.

The robbery happened between 7.20pm and 7.30pm on Monday, February 10 in Station Road as a 31-year-old woman wearing a cream coat was walking from the town’s main railway station towards St John’s Church.

She had just reached a set of steps that lead to the canal towpath when the robber approached her.

The offender – it’s not clear whether it was a man or a woman – grabbed her handbag and there was a struggle.

The victim fell down the stairs, receiving cuts and bruises as a result of the fall, while the attacker – who wore a dark coloured hooded top with the hood up and a peaked cap underneath it – escaped along the towpath.

The victim’s handbag is described as a light grey Olivia Bonus bag, which has a white ‘V’ on it and a long strap.

Det Con Helen Godsave, investigating, said: “Thankfully the victim was not seriously injured in this incident.

“It happened just after a train had arrived at the station so it’s possible there may have been other people walking in the area.

“If you remember seeing anything or anyone suspicious or unusual please contact me straight away.

“Equally, if anyone saw someone matching the description of the offender prior to or after the incident, please get in touch.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Godsave via the non-emergency number 101, citing crime reference D1/14/871.

Alternatively call Crimestoppers, the independent charity, anonymously on 0800 555 111.