A man tried to steal an Oxfordshire pensioner’s bag as she sat on a bench.

The incident occurred on New Street in Chipping Norton between 12:25pm and 12:45pm in the afternoon of Thursday, April 18.

The victim, a woman in her 80s, was sat on a bench on New Street, when a male aged between 18 and 35 years old approached her from behind and tried to steal her bag.

The offender was unsuccessful in stealing the bag but the victim did sustain minor injuries, however no further treatment was required.

Investigating officer PC James Dyson, said: “We are appealing for any witnesses to this attempted robbery, or anyone with information which could help our investigation, to please come forward.

“Anyone with information should call us on 101 or make a report on our website, quoting reference number 43240177595.

“Alternatively, call the independent charity, Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.”