Huddersfield's Det Insp Mark Truelove asks for your help with the latest crime reports in Huddersfield.
A WOMAN left alone for just a few seconds fell victim to a vicious mugger in Huddersfield.
And the attack on the woman heading home after a night out emphasises just how quickly robbers can strike.
The 27-year-old old woman had got out of a taxi with a male companion and he left her at the side of a main road to get his directions when the thug struck.
This robbery shows how criminals will take any opportunity to commit crime as soon as it presents itself.
The victim had barely been left alone for two minutes when the robber struck so it isimportant that when people are getting taxis home after a night out, they don’t travel home alone, or leave themselves alone and isolated.
It is also much safer to be taken straight home, rather than be dropped off near to where you live
The attack happened in the early hours of Easter Monday, about 2.30am, after the couple got out of the taxi in Halifax Road, Edgerton.
The woman and the 28-year-old man had only recently moved to the area and were unsure which street to take from Halifax Road. The man walked off to get his bearings, close to the junctions of Hungerford Road and Cleveland Road, and the robber ran up and grabbed the woman around the throat and demanded her handbag.
There was a struggle and the bag fell to the floor.
The woman screamed as a second taxi appeared in the road and started to head towards the couple, but the robber managed to grab a handful of cash from the ground and escape.
It is thought he got away with just £8.
Fortunately the victim was not hurt and was able to flag down a second taxi and be taken straight home.
As part of our enquiries into this robbery, the victim was able to help us compile an e-fit of the suspect.
I am now appealing for any witnesses to the robbery, especially the taxi driver who took the victim home, to contact us.
I am also appealing for anyone who recognises the person in the e-fit to give us a call.
Anyone with information should contact Det Con Paul Morrison via 101.