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Police hunt for man in cashpoint theft gone wrong

The man was fought off as he tried to steal cash from the women Credit: Met Police

Police are searching for a man who tried to steal cash from two women - but he hadn't bargained on them fighting back.

The dramatic incident occurred as the women were withdrawing cash from an ATM in Worcester Park. The man leaned over and tried to grab the money, but one of the girls fought him off. He then spat at one of the women - who reacted by pulling him off his bike.

But even that wasn't enough to put him off - as the girls walked up the street to join their mother, he rode up to them and shouted "If I was going to rob them I would have taken the money - your kids need to learn some manners!"

A close-up image of the man police are trying to trace Credit: Met Police

The suspect is described as a white man, approximately 5ft 8inches tall. He was wearing a distinctive blue and white, knitted Alpine hat with strings hanging down from its earpieces and a black jacket. He was riding a red and black bicycle.

Police want anyone who might know the identity of the man to contact Sutton Police station on 101 quoting ref no: 4005406/13, or to call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.