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Woman attacked in car during bungled Northfleet robbery

PUBLISHED: 17:50 14 June 2011

(Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

(Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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A woman was punched in the face when a man tried to snatch her handbag as she queued in her car at traffic.

Police are appealing for witnesses following the bungled attempt to rob her in Hall Road, Northfleet, at about 8pm on Monday.

Her attacker fled empty handed after he struck as she left Sainsbury’s at Pepper Hill in her grey Toyota Avensis.

As she approached the roundabout at Hall Road, she was flagged down by the man. She opened her passenger window and he asked for directions. He then made a grab for her bag which was on the passenger seat and when it fell into the footwell, he punched the driver in the face.

The victim, a woman in her 40s from Middlesex, suffered cuts and bruising, but drove off quickly to find help.

Investigating officers believe other drivers in the queue of traffic at the roundabout may have witnessed what happened.

The slim white man is in his 20s and 5ft 6in. He had short hair and wore a dark jacket and trainers.

Call Detective Constable James Greenidge on 01474 366091 on on 0800 555111.

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