Woman mugged in pouring rain in town centre

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A woman was shocked after being mugged in the pouring rain in Horsham town centre.

Police were called at 6.40pm on Tuesday, December 15, after reports a handbag had been stolen from a woman.

Officers said the victim was crossing the road near the Boots store when a man on a bike cycled past and snatched her bag.

She was not injured but was left very shaken.

The woman, who asked to remain anonymous, told the County Times: “I am shocked, I don’t know what to do.

“It was pouring with rain and I had my hood up. He rode off and I ran after him and shouted at him.

“If I held onto it he might have pulled me over.”

She said a woman with a small child stopped to help her and phoned the police.

“I thought that was very nice of her as it was pouring with rain.

“It has never happened in my life. Luckily I had put my purse in my carrier bag and my key was in my pocket.

“I have only lived here for a year. I used to live in Devon and I should have stayed.”

She added she wanted to raise awareness to make sure Christmas shoppers stay wary when visiting the town.

Anyone who saw what happened is asked to contact police on 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting serial 991 of 15/1

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