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Detective Inspector Nigel Smith, from Dudley Police CID, is appealing for information after a woman, aged 21, was punched and robbed as she walked along a canal towpath in Brierley Hill.

The woman was attacked as she made her way along the towpath off Ashton Park Drive, at around 5.15PM on Sunday (02/10), after leaving the Merry Hill Shopping Centre.

She was approached by a man riding a pushbike, who punched her in the face a number of times before pushing her to the ground and stealing her bag.

The man, described as white, stocky and wearing a ‘Castrol’ t-shirt, then rode off on the bike which was described as dark red with black wheels and no saddle.

DI Smith, said: “This was a nasty robbery in which the woman was making her way home along the towpath when she was attacked by this man riding a bike- some members of the public on a bridge saw what was happening and shouted at him- I’m anxious to trace this people as they may have vital information.”

Please email contactus@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk or call 101 if you have ANY information.