A RUTHLESS bag snatcher who attempted to mug an 83-year-old woman is the subject of a police search.

The woman was on Marsh Street in Wombwell at around 1.30pm on Monday (January 7) when she was approached by the man who tried to grab her handbag.

She held on to it and called out for help and a passerby rushed to assist, causing the man to flee empty-handed.

The man is described as white, in his twenties of slim build. He was wearing a red baseball cap.

Anyone with information should contact South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 554 of the 7 January 2013 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.