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Monday 10 April 2017, 3:15 PM

Witnesses are being sought to an attempted robbery in Gloucester, which left a 63-year-old woman with facial injuries.

The incident happened in Great Western Road, at its junction with the hospital car park, at about 3.40pm on Monday 3 April.

The victim had emerged onto the road from the underpass by the railway station, when a man cycled past and grabbed her handbag from her shoulder. The action forced her to fall into the road, landing face first.

She suffered an injury to her forehead and a laceration to her nose which needed butterfly stitches, as well as cuts and bruises to her hands and knees.

A passerby took chase and the suspect dropped the bag, escaping on his bike into the hospital grounds, towards the children's hospital and out of sight.

The offender is described as white, thin and with missing teeth. He was wearing a black jacket, a cream or white T-shirt and black trousers. He was riding a blue bike.

The victim is described as having grey hair and was wearing a purple coat, blue dress and blue leggings. She was carrying a green and white Asda 'bag for life' and a black leather handbag.

Anyone witness who has not yet come forward, or who has information is asked to call 101, quoting incident 281 of 3/4/17.