62-year-old woman hospitalised after her handbag is stolen in West Lothian

A 62-year-old woman was taken to hospital after her handbag was snatched in West Lothian on Saturday

Police officers patrol
Police officers patrol

On Saturday, September 26 at around 11.50am, a 62-year-old woman was robbed in Uphall, West Lothian.

While walking along East Main Street, opposite the junction with Burnside road, a man approached her from behind and grabbed her handbag before running off in the direction of Alexander Street.

She was taken to hospital after the incident but was later discharged.

Police are now appealing for anyone with information on the incident to come forward.

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The suspect is described as a white male in his late 20s who was wearing a dark hooded top and trousers. He is approximately five foot eight inches tall and of average build.

Today Detective Sergeant Hannah Traynor said: "Luckily the woman was not seriously injured but this was a frightening and traumatic incident for her. I'd like to thank the members of the

public that came to her assistance and were able to retrieve her handbag.

"I am appealing to anyone with information to come forward. If you witnessed the robbery or saw a man matching the suspect's description running off, or if you were driving in the area and have a dash-cam, please check back and see if there is any footage that could assist our investigation.

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Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, quoting reference number 1376 of 26 September. Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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