York & North Yorkshire

Woman hurt in brick attack at Harrogate cash machine

A woman suffered head injuries when she was hit with what police believe was a brick and robbed at a cash machine in Harrogate.

The 63-year-old was taken to hospital after the "vicious" attack at the HSBC bank in the town's Skipton Road at about 0500 GMT on Friday.

North Yorkshire Police said the woman had been at the machine when a man hit her several times and stole her bag.

He was last seen making off in the direction of Church Avenue.

The force said the woman had been taken to Harrogate District Hospital for treatment. She has since been discharged.

'Cowardly act'

Det Insp Heather Pearson said: "This would appear to be a particularly vicious attack on a 63-year-old woman who is lucky not to have been seriously hurt.

"I am appealing for anyone who knows who is responsible for this cowardly act to contact the police or Crimestoppers immediately."

Police also want to hear from anyone who was in the area between 0300 and 0530 GMT who has information which may help the investigation.

Tests are being carried out on the woman's handbag, which has been recovered, and officers are reviewing CCTV in the area.

The man is described as white, about 6ft and aged in his early 20s, with a slim build and a long face. He was dressed in dark clothing.

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