Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was attacked on her way home on Monday evening.Advertisement
She was approached by two men as she walked home along Ripon Street around 11pm.
The woman, 29, said the two men demanded she hand over her handbag.
When she refused the attackers pulled her to the ground and police say one of them threatened her with a knife.
A passer-by came to the rescue, shouting at the two men who ran off – dropping the victim’s bag in the process.
The two men, described as Asian, made off in the direction of Moor Park.
The first offender is believed to be between 26 and 28, 5’6″, of medium build and spoke with a local accent.
He was wearing a dark duffle-type jacket, black tracksuit bottoms, a black woollen hat and gloves.
A second man was slightly taller and of a stocky build. He had a goatee style beard and was dressed in black clothing.
The woman was left with cuts and grazes to her face, arms and legs.
DC Steve Gilmore of Preston CID said: “This was a vicious and nasty attack on a young woman and we would urge anyone with any information at all to please come forward. We are particularly keen to talk to the man who ran over and managed to scare off the attackers and we would encourage him to come forward.”
Anyone with information about the burglary or about the offenders can contact Preston Police on 101 quoting log reference 332 of the 8th December.
Alternatively, they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at Crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.