Cyclist witness sought after baby hurt in Woking theft

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A female cyclist who may have spoken to a man who punched a woman in the face, causing her son to be knocked out of his buggy, is being sought by police.

The mother's nose was broken and her baby suffered mild bruising in the robbery in Woking last Wednesday. Her handbag was stolen.

Surrey Police said they were crossing the Basingstoke Canal bridge, in the Goldsworth Park area, at 14:20 BST.

A 40-year-old man was arrested and released on bail.

Officers said the cyclist had been waiting at a staggered metal barrier with a bicycle and would have passed the offender.

Witnesses sought

He was described as being about 6ft (1.8m) tall with short, thick dark hair, and was wearing dark clothing.

Police are returning to the scene of the robbery on Wednesday afternoon to speak to pedestrians and cyclists who may have been in the area at the time.

The 35-year-old victim had been walking towards the Waitrose store in Goldsworth Park with her nine-month-old son in a buggy.

As she made her way from the canal bridge near Langmans Lane towards a cycle path in Bampton Way, she was approached from behind and then punched in the face, detectives said.

The offender snatched her handbag and ran off towards Elsdon Close.

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