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Appeal for witnesses after attempted robbery in Colchester

Detectives in Colchester are appealing for information after a 48-year-old woman was the victim of an attempted robbery.

At around 8.30am on Monday, February 20, 2012, a woman was grabbed from behind by two men as she was about to enter the Post Office in Hunwicke Road.

She was pulled backwards and fell over but luckily a member of the public heard her shouts for help and came to her aid.

The two suspects then ran off empty handed. They are both described as white, aged between 18 and 25 and of average height. Both were wearing dark tracksuits but one was wearing a beanie hat and hood and the other a grey scarf.

The woman suffered bruising and a small cut but did not need hospital treatment.

Detectives will be reviewing CCTV footage in the area and will be taking a full statement from the 'good Samaritan' member of the public who came to the woman's aid.

Investigating officer Dc Coley said: "I would like to express my thanks to the member of the public who assisted the woman. Without his intervention the victim could have been more seriously injured and would have been robbed.

"I am hopeful that with the help of local people these violent individuals can be quickly identified."

Officers are appealing to local residents who may know the identify of the suspects to come forward. Information can be passed to Dc Pete Coley at Colchester CID on 101 ext 430162 or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.



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