Police search for dog-walker as key witness to Bury St Edmunds robbery

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News from the Bury Free Press

Detectives are looking to trace a dog-walker as a key witness to a robbery in Bury St Edmunds.

A 15-year-old girl was walking through the nature reserve off Springfield Avenue last night, shortly after 6pm, when she was approached from behind by a man who pushed her to the floor. He stole her bag and ran off before a woman walking her dog came to her aid.

Investigating officer, Ds Claire Burgess, said: “This woman is potentially a vital witness and could help us identify the man responsible for this robbery. She had been walking her medium-large-sized dog and has been described as being in her 40s or 50s and has blonde hair.

“We would really like her to contact us. We believe her name is Denise. In addition, we are appealing for witnesses who may have seen this man running away from the scene dressed in the clothing described.”

The man is described as white and of chubby build. At the time, he was wearing tracksuit bottoms and a hoodie.

The girl was uninjured, but is recovering from shock. The bag was later found discarded nearby, but a small amount of cash had been stolen.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Bury police station on 101, quoting BU/14/2467, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.