Woman threatened by robber armed with axe

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A man pulled an axe from under his jumper to threaten a woman and steal her handbag.

The 42-year-old victim was walking along Chaucer Road in East Dene, Rotherham, when she noticed a man following closely behind her.

Suddenly he grabbed her handbag and a struggle took place. When the thief demanded the bag and she refused to let go, the man pulled out an axe from under his jumper and threatened her with it.

The woman let go of the bag and the man ran off down a nearby alley which leads to Marlowe Road.

The handbag contained a number of items including cash in a purse. Some items were later found by a member of the public on Marlowe Drive but the purse, cash and bag are still missing.

The man was white, in his early 20s, slim, with dark brown shaved hair.

He had his hood up with a dark scarf covering half of his face.

He was wearing a black zip-up leather-look jacket which is believed to have an elasticated waistband, black tracksuit bottoms with a blue stripe down the legs, and white trainers.

The woman did not suffer any injuries but was left traumatised by the incident at 6.15am on Friday, June 14.

Witnesses or anyone with information is urged to call police on 101 quoting incident 145 of June 14, 2013.

■ Police are also appealing for information after an assault left a 35-year-old man with facial injuries.

The man was struck to the left of his head in the car park outside The Masons pub on Bawtry Road, Wickersley, Rotherham.

He suffered a fractured eye socket and fractured cheekbone. Witnesses or anyone with information should call police on 101.