A WOMAN was pushed to the ground and had her rucksack stolen by a man as she was walking close to a river.

The victim was walking on the banks of the River Wear in Durham, just below Bella Italia, between 8pm and 9pm on Thursday, June 22.

Police say a man approached her from behind before pushing her to the ground and taking her rucksack, which contained money, an iPad and ID cards.

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Police are appealing for information. Call Durham Police on 101, quoting incident number 124 of June 23.