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York Woman fights off Christmas Eve mugger

Police Tape

2:00pm 25th December 2014

A woman fought back after being attacked in the street in York on Christmas Eve .

At around 9.40pm the 65-year-old victim was walking towards her home in Clifton when she was approached from behind by a man near Clifton Green.

The man grabbed her handbag but the victim fought him off with her walking stick and he fell to the ground before running off empty-handed.

Officers are appealing to anyone who witnessed the incident or can help to identify the man to get in touch.

He is described as white, aged in his early 20s, around 5ft 9in tall, with a skinny build and short dark hair, which was slightly bushy or curly. He was wearing light brown or mustard coloured jeans, and a dark jacket or jumper.

Anyone who can help officers with their enquiries is urged to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 - select option 2 - and ask for York CID.

Alternatively, information can be emailed to

If you prefer not to give your name, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Please quote reference number 12140222349 when passing information about this incident.

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