AN elderly lady has had her bag snatched on her way back from church near Chester-le-Street.

Police are appealing for information after the robbery, which happened in Wansbeck Close, Perkinsville, at about 10am on Thursday.

 A police spokesperson said: "The suspect approached the lady from behind and a struggle ensued. The man forcefully grabbed the lady’s handbag and made off on foot."

Officers would like to speak to anyone with dashcam footage of the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to call PC Paul Gooden on 101 quoting reference number 91 of November 7 or alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.