A WOMAN was pushed to the ground in an attempted robbery in Reading.

The incident occurred on Saturday,  June 15 at around 9am in London Street, near to the bus stop by the junction of Queens Road.

The victim, a 19-year-old, was walking towards Reading town centre when she was approached by the offender, who asked for money to make a phone call. 

As the victim reached into her handbag, the offender assaulted her by pushing her over and attempted to take her handbag.

The offender walked off following the incident and was seen shortly afterwards, sitting at the bus stop in London Street, opposite the Global Café.

No property was stolen and the victim was not injured during the incident.

The offender is described as a white man, of slim build and brown scruffy hair. He was wearing a blue top and a blue gilet jacket with grey tracksuit bottoms and black trainers.

He was also carrying a duffle bag.

A 41-year-old man from Reading has been charged on suspicion of attempted robbery and remanded in prison to appear at Reading Crown Court onJuly 15. 

Investigating officer, PC Phoebe Clarkson from Reading police station, said: “There were a number of members of public in the area at the time of the incident and I am appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

“Anyone who has information about this incident can report the details on the Thames Valley Police website quoting reference 43190180148.

"Alternatively, you can call the non-emergency telephone number, 101, or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”