APPEAL: Did you help after robbery in Hanley?

Detectives are appealing for witnesses after a robbery in Stoke-on-Trent.

The incident happened at around 6pm on Monday 10 August when a 54-year-old woman from Stoke-on-Trent was walking from the town centre along Hope Street towards Waterloo Road.

Police jacket
Police jacket

As the victim reached the bottom of the road, she was approached from behind and her handbag was snatched from her. The suspect ran off towards Forest Park but was chased by members of the public who were able to retrieve the handbag and return it to the victim.

The suspect is believed to be a white man in his 20s, 5ft 5 to 5ft 6ins with short fair hair and wore a white t-shirt and blue bottoms.

A 20-year-old man from Stoke-on-Trent has been arrested on suspicion of robbery and remains on bail pending further inquiries.

Witnesses, specifically those who were involved in chasing the suspect, are asked to make contact with DC Kerrie Alcock at Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 681 of August 10. Alternatively, they can contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.