Woman fights off towpath attacker

Published: Saturday, 15 August 2009

A YOUNG woman fought off an attacker as she was walking the towpath of the St. Helen's Canal, after he tried to snatch her handbag.

It was a 'hoody' who tried to steal the 20 years old woman's handbag near the bridge leading to St. Helen's Retail Park, but she struck out at him, using her bag as a weapon, and the man ran off.

Being near a busy retail park the police are keen to find the man, knowing that there were potential witnesses around the area, and are hoping they will come forward.

Last year narrowboatworld reported on a similar incident on the canal.