Livingston woman, 61, fights off attempted handbag snatchers after leaving Asda

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A 61-year-old woman refused to give up her handbag during an attempted robbery in West Lothian.

The incident happened around 8pm on Friday January 4 in the Burnvale area.

The woman was walking home from the Asda supermarket and using the underpass when she was confronted by two men who tried to steal her handbag.

The suspects grabbed at the woman’s wrist but she refused to let go and they made off empty handed from the area.

The victim sustained minor injuries but didn’t require medical attention.

Inquiries are ongoing to identify the men responsible and anyone with information is asked to come forward.

The pair are described only as being white, around 5ft 7ins tall with average builds and wearing dark clothing.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Batten from Livingston CID said: “The suspects seem to have targeted the victim believing they could rob her of her possessions. However, she refused to surrender her bag and their efforts were unsuccessful.

“Nevertheless we are treating this matter very seriously and would urge anyone who was in the area of the underpass on Friday evening to get in touch if they remember seeing or hearing anything untoward.

“We’d also ask anyone who can help us identify the suspects to contact police immediately. “

Those with information can contact Livingston CID via 101 and quote incident number 2148 of the 5th January. Alternatively an anonymous report can be made to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.