AN early morning thief punched a woman in the face then stole her handbag.
The 26-year-old victim was walking down a narrow alley off Sheepridge Road in Sheepridge at 6.45am on Friday, when the thief came up behind her.
He grabbed the bag, but she clung on to it at first.
He then punched her, yelled at her to hand the bag over and fled with it when the strap broke.
The attacker is white, in his mid-30s and slim, with short, cropped black hair.
He wore a black quilted jacket, a pale blue T-shirt, blue jeans and white trainers.
Anyone with information should ring CID on 0845 6060606.