Woman fights off mugger

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A WOMAN managed to fight off a hooded man after he tried to grab her handbag as she walked home from visiting a friend.

The 43-year-old victim left a house on Heathfield Avenue at around midnight on Wednesday July 6.

A police spokesman said: “As the woman turned onto Millfield Avenue and started to walk down a jitty she heard a noise behind her.

“A man pushed her to the ground and tried to take her bag but she lay on top of it to stop it being stolen.”

After a brief struggle the man gave up and ran off.

The woman described him as being shorter than 5ft 7ins and wearing a black hooded top.

Police are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to call them on 0345 123 3333.