Police Appeal after Woman Robbed in Prescot

By on Saturday, January 11, 2014

merseyside-police-logoA woman was threatened with violence before having her handbag and ring stolen in Wood Lane, Prescot, on Thursday 2 January.

Police were called to the area at about 6.30pm, where a 23-year-old woman said she had been grabbed and dragged into an alleyway near Manchester Road.

Her attacker told her he was armed with a knife, then demanded her handbag and a diamond ring she was wearing. He then ran away down the alley towards South Avenue.

The handbag was recovered in a nearby garden, but the diamond solitaire ring, with a claw setting in white gold, is still missing.

The robber was wearing dark clothing with a dark-coloured hat or hooded top, and a scarf covering his face. He’s thought to have spoken with a local accent.

Detective Sergeant Paul Speight, Kirkby CID, said: “This was a frightening ordeal which has left the victim really shaken up and upset.

“As well as being worth a substantial amount of money, the ring also has a great deal of sentimental value as it was bought for her by her dad.

“She is, understandably, desperate for its safe return and I would appeal to anyone who saw anything suspicious around Wood Lane or Manchester Road on the evening in question to get in touch.

“I would also urge people or any local jewellers or pawnbrokers who may have been offered a similar ring for sale over the last few days to get in touch. It’s quite distinctive, but to help people recognise it, we have released two pictures which I would ask people to have a good look at.”

Anyone with information can contact Merseyside Police on 101 (local non-emergency number) or phone Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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