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Elderly woman taken to hospital after west Belfast assault as man steals handbag

Published 12/01/2016

An elderly woman has been taken to hospital after she was assaulted by a man and had her handbag stolen in west Belfast.

Police are investigating the report of a robbery in the Devenish Court area tonight.

A report was received at around 6.10pm that an elderly woman had been assaulted by a man and her handbag was stolen.

The woman has been taken to hospital to be examined by medical staff.

Inspector Stephen Burns said: "Our enquiries are at an early stage but we believe the assailant may have left the scene in a white coloured car.

"I would appeal to anyone who was in the area and witnessed this incident or any suspicious activity to contact police at Musgrave on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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