Police hunt for Boston Market Place ‘robber’

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News from the Boston Standard, Lincolnshire: bostonstandard.co.uk, on Twitter @standardboston

Police are trying to hunt a man who grabbed a bag from a woman as she left a bank in Boston’s Market Place – and then dropped it as he was chased in dramatic scenes in broad daylight.

The victim left Lloyds Bank at about 9.25am on Friday to go to a white vehicle parked directly outside when a man, who is said to have been in the area for some time, went over to the woman and grabbed her bag.

She resisted but the man got the bag and ran away. The offender was then impeded and dropped the handbag but he managed to escape whilst being chased by Town Rangers.

The offence was first reported by The Standard on Friday, when police revealed initial details, but officers have now issued a detailed description of the alleged offender and say they are treating the offence as a robbery.

The offender is described as a black man aged late 20s early 30s, tall and thin and was wearing a blue and white hooded top with the hood up and possibly with a baseball hat underneath and blue jeans. He may also have had something covering his face.

There may also have been another black man and a white man in the vicinity. Both are described as having a slim build.

A police spokesman said: “We have spoken to a number of witnesses and in their statements they have mentioned other people who were in the area who may have witnessed the incident.

“A man tried to restrain offender outside Greenwoods and we would particularly like him to come forward. A number of people in café next to Lloyds may also have witnessed what happened.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Detective Constable Sue-Ellen Wilson of Boston CID on the non-emergency 101 number asking for ext 2234.

Alternatively they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.