A WOMAN successfully fought off two hooded muggers after they attempted to steal her handbag in Uttoxeter.
The victim was walking near The Hope & Anchor pub in High Street when a car pulled up alongside her.
Two men got out of the vehicle and tried to snatch her handbag, which she was carrying over her right shoulder.
The woman, from the Burton area, managed to land punches on both of the attackers, forcing them to flee emptyhanded.
Inspector Tyrone Kerr, of the East Staffordshire local policing team, said: “Two males pulled up beside her in a car.
“They got out of the car, approached the female on the pavement and tried to grab the injured party’s handbag, which was on her right shoulder.
“She pulled away and also struck the men by punching out at them.” Insp Kerr said both the attackers were wearing large hooded jumpers that obscured their faces. They pulled up in a ‘small silver-coloured three-door car’, Insp Kerr added.
He said: “She struck both of them so they didn’t get away with anything.” The attack happened at 6.45pm on Friday.
Witnesses and those with information are asked to call Staffordshire Police by dialling 101, quoting incident number 672 of that date.
The attack was the second assault allegedly committed in Uttoxeter in as many weeks.
Two men are facing charges in connection with an alleged assault on a taxi driver.
They were arrested early on Sunday after the victim, who is in his early 20s and also from Burton, was attacked at 10.10pm the previous evening in Balance Hill.
A Staffordshire Police spokesman said a 22-year-old was charged with assault by beating and a 36-year-old with racially aggravated harassment.
The suspects, who are both from Uttoxeter, were later released on police bail pending an appearance today at Burton Magistrates’ Court.