Police searching for man in red tie and waistcoat after attempted handbag theft

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A woman has been left with cuts to her leg after a man attempted to steal her bag in a St Albans park.

The woman in her 30s was walking in Clarence park in the direction of York Road when a man approached her and tried to take her bag around 7.30pm on Thursday, May 29.

This resulted in the woman falling to the ground, causing a cut to her leg. The man then ran away in the direction of York Road.

No property was stolen.

The suspect is described as a man of Asian appearance, in his 20s, of slim build and around 5ft 6ins tall. He had short dark hair and was wearing light grey trousers, a white long sleeved shirt with a red tie and a light grey waistcoat.

Detective constable Neil Pugh said: "Thankfully the woman wasn’t seriously injured but was left understandably shaken by what happened.

"It is believed the offender may have been loitering near the entrance to park, on Hatfield Road, prior to the incident and so I would ask anyone who believes they saw a man matching the stated description prior to or after the incident to contact me straight away."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Hertfordshire Constabulary’s non-emergency number 101, citing crime reference F1/14/1712. Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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