Woman in wheelchair hit in the face as thieves try to steal her handbag in Lowestoft

The incident took place on Horn Hill in Lowestoft.

The incident took place on Horn Hill in Lowestoft. - Credit: Archant

A woman in a wheelchair was hit in the face after three men attempted to steal her handbag in Lowestoft.

Horn Hill is close to the Asda store in Lowestoft.

Horn Hill is close to the Asda store in Lowestoft. - Credit: Archant

The attempted robbery happened on Horn Hill at about midnight yesterday (Tuesday, July 19) as the woman, in her 50s, was on her way home.

A police spokesman said: 'Three males – two white and one black with dreadlocks, all in their late teens to 20s – approached her and tried to take her handbag from her lap.

'She managed to hold onto the bag and one of the men struck the woman in the face before all three fled.'

The woman suffered bruising and swelling to her eye, but nothing was stolen.

Police are appealing for information and anyone that can help is asked to contact Lowestoft CID by calling Suffolk Police on 101, quoting crime number 45293/16.

Alternatively call Crimestoppers, anonymously if required, on 0800 555 111.

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