Attempted abduction in Accrington

Detectives are appealing for information after robbers tried to force a woman into a car before stealing her handbag and phone in Accrington.

At around 8:15pm last night the woman was walking along Blackburn Road talking on her phone when she walked past a man who was leaning up against the wall.

As she passed the man and approached Portland Street, he grabbed her from behind, and tried to force her into a silver car parked on Portland Street but fortunately, the woman was able to struggle free and get away but took her phone and her handbag.

We would appeal to anyone who may have been in the area at the time and may have witnessed anything to come forward and contact police if they have not done so already.

“In particular, I am keen to speak to two girls who are believed to have walked past as the offence was taking place, they may have seen something or have information that is crucial to the investigation so I would urge them to come forward.”

– Detective Sergeant Julie Cross