Woman, 38, fights off mobile phone thief

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A brave Red Lodge woman fought off a violent attacker who punched her in the head and tried to steal her mobile phone.

The mother-of-four, who did not want to be named, had been walking back from her sister’s home, in Elderberry Road, Red Lodge, to her own home, in Hundred Acre Way, between 7.55pm and 8.15pm on Wednesday, December 11, when the attack took place.

She was walking along a path in Warren Road, near to the junction with Boundary Road, with her mobile phone in her hand, when a man jumped out from some trees and shouted at her to hand over her phone.

When she refused, the man tried to grab the phone and struck her head.

Speaking to the Journal, the 38 year old said: “I was walking back from my sister’s house when someone jumped out from some trees.

“He punched me in the face because he wanted my phone, but I wouldn’t let him have it.

“I kicked him between the legs and he ran down a dark alley. I ran straight home.

“I wasn’t injured but had a pounding headache. I was pretty scared.”

The suspect was described as speaking with an English accent, between 5ft 9ins to 6ft tall, and wearing a dark, zip-up, hooded top with a dark cap worn underneath, dark trousers and black/navy trainers.

Police are appealing for witnesses and warning members of the public to remain vigilant after the attack.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident, or has any information, should contact the Bury St Edmunds 
Priority Crime Team on 101, or the charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 




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