A CALLOUS thief stole a pensioner's handbag in the town centre yesterday.

The victim, an 82-year-old woman, was walking along Wellington Street, near Hope House Church at around 12.15pm when the thief approached her, grabbed hold of her and pushed her to the ground.

The man, who is described as white, tall, skinny, in his late 30s and wearing grey clothing, stole the woman’s purse before attempting to run from the area.

Detective Sergeant Ritchie Mason, said: “A member of the public who saw what happened began to pursue the man before being confronted and threatened by him. The offender is then said to have ran towards West Way and out of sight.

“Thankfully the woman only sustained minor injuries but she has understandably been left incredibly shaken and upset by what happened.

“I’d like to ask anyone who saw what happened or thinks they know who is responsible to get in touch with us so we can identify the man involved.”

If you can help, please call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, quoting incident number 344 of November 13 2017.