A WOULD-BE robber dressed in horse riding clothes punched a man in the face while trying to steal his money in broad daylight.

The victim was withdrawing money from an ATM machine in High Street, Lambourn, West Berkshire when a man attacked him.

At about 1pm on January 22, the 28-year-old victim was pushed over and punched in the face twice while the would-be thief was trying to steal his money.

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Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following the attempted robbery last week.

It is believed members of the public saw the attack happen.

The man is described as white, 5ft7 tall, with brown wavy hair, stubble on his face, and of a slim build.

At the time of the attack, he was wearing dark riding breaches, a black riding hat made of black silk with a bobble on top, goggles on the hat, and a black jacket.

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He spoke with an Irish accent.

The victim sustained a split lip, but did not require hospital treatment.

Investigating officer PC Peter Brooks, based at Newbury police station, said: “I would urge anyone who witnessed this incident or who recognises the description of this offender to come forward.

“If you have any information about this incident, please contact the Thames Valley Police non-emergency number on 101 or make a report online quoting reference 43200024330.

“Alternatively, if you wish to remain anonymous you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”