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Police reappeal for witnesses to Ovenden church robbery

A police efit picture of the man police would like to speak to in connection with the attempted robbery at an Ovenden church

A police efit picture of the man police would like to speak to in connection with the attempted robbery at an Ovenden church

Police investigating a handbag thief in an Ovenden church are reappealing for witnesses.

The Courier reported the attempted robbery in February when a man entered the Keighley Road church on February 19.

At around 7pm, the man attempted to take the bag of a female member of the slimming group class but was stopped by a male.

The heroic man fought with the robber and in the process sustained facial injuries.

Police are now searching for the man who they have identified in an efit picture from witness descriptions, pictured.

Detective Constable Lee Mason of Calderdale CID is investigating the incident and said:

“I am appealing directly to anyone who saw the incident who we have not already come forward to get in contact.

“Likewise, I would like to hear from anyone who recognises the man in the efit to come forward.

“The offender was last seen running up Keighley Road towards the bottom of Club Lane.

“We are investigating the possibility that this individual was also responsible for an attempted robbery at a convenience store on Keighley Road on Sunday 16th February.

“In both instances, a similar description was provided by witnesses and the man was said to be white, aged in his late 20s and between 5”10 and 5”11 tall.

“He was also wearing a green coloured hooded top and grey coloured jogging bottoms.

“You can call the non emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

 
 
 

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