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The man and woman in this CCTV image are among several witnesses police would like to speak to over a bag snatch in Ballina on September 21. Image NSW Police
The man and woman in this CCTV image are among several witnesses police would like to speak to over a bag snatch in Ballina on September 21. Image NSW Police

Police are appealing for information from witnesses after an elderly woman was injured in a bag snatch in Ballina last week.

An 83-year-old woman was walking on Winston Lane after leaving a supermarket in River Street, about 4pm on Thursday, September 21.

Police have been told a man grabbed the woman’s handbag from behind and threatened her.

As the man continued to pull on the bag, the woman lost her grip and fell to the ground.

The man was last seen running towards Martin Street with the black bag which contained cash.

The woman was taken to Ballina Hospital in a stable condition with a fractured pelvis.

In particular Detectives wish to speak with a young female who spoke with witnesses shortly after the incident but left prior to police arrival.

She is described as about 16-17 years of age with shoulder length blonde coloured hair and wearing a red jumper and blue pants.

Detectives are also interested in talking with the male and female depicted in a CCTV image from the area and believe that they may be witnesses to the incident.

The man who police believe may be able to assist in the investigation has been described as being of Caucasian appearance, between 170 and 180cm tall and with short blond hair.

Anyone with information is urged to come forward.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/ Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence.


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