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Attempted mugging at York Train Station.


11:38am 27th May 2011

An attempted mugging has happened at York Train Station.

A 20 year old woman was cornered in the toilets, just off platform 9, on Monday 16th May 2011 and told to hand over her cash.

She escaped, but cut her hip as she fled.

The police are now looking in to CCTV at the station.



British Transport Police (BTP) is asking for the public's help to identify a suspect who allegedly demanded a 20 year old to hand over her purse in a station toilet.
Detective Constable Lee Parsons, of BTP's Criminal Investigation Department, said how the incident, which took place in the women's toilets off platform 9 at the station on Monday 16th May, left the victim, who is from Stafford, feeling shaken.

"As the victim was leaving the toilet around 3.20pm, the suspect who was in the toilet at the time, pushed her back into one of the cubicle walls. The suspect, who was hiding their face with a hooded top, then demanded that she hand over her purse.

"In an attempt to escape, the victim pushed passed the suspect and ran out of the toilet onto the main platform, leaving the suspect empty handed. As she escaped, the victim sustained a cut to her hip."

Officers are currently conducting several lines of enquiry into this incident, including viewing CCTV from the station and on trains departing York at the time, to build up an exact picture of what happened and the circumstances surrounding the incident.

DC Parsons added:

"Luckily the victim managed to escape this ordeal with her purse, but she sustained a nasty injury as a result. I'd ask for anyone who was in the toilets at the time and saw this attack or who was at the station at the time to come forward and provide officers with key information that can assist this investigation."

The suspect is described as a woman, 5ft 4, and was wearing distinct blue trainers with big, blue laces. She smelt strongly of stale tobacco.

Anything with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 quoting background reference B7/NEA of 23/05/2011. #

Information can also be passed to the charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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