Teenage girl mugged in Halifax town centre

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A 14-year-old girl has been mugged in Halifax town centre.

She was with her 15-year-old sister and had been asked to get some money from a cashpoint near Old Market at around 5.30pm on Monday.

After getting the money, the girls were walking up Old Market when they were approached from behind by a man who grabbed a purse from the hand of the 14-year old.

The suspect then ran off through Market Arcade.

He was described as white, around 5ft 9ins tall with blonde hair.

He was wearing a black hooded top and blue tracksuit bottoms with an orange trim down the legs.

Inquiries into the theft are ongoing.

Sergeant Dionne Stratford, from Halifax Central neighbourhood policing team, said: “Crimes of this type in Halifax town centre are unusual, but can often be prevented by ensuring that you secure your purse or wallet either in an internal coat pocket or within a handbag or holdall before you leave a store after making a purchase or immediately after making a cash withdrawal from a hole-in-the-wall cash machine.

“Our inquiries into this theft are ongoing and we are appealing for witnesses to contact us, especially anyone who saw the suspect running from Market Arcade onto Russell Street and then onto Market Street or can assist with the suspect’s identity.”

Anyone who can help should contact the the team via 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.