From West Midlands Police:

DETECTIVES are investigating an attempted robbery in Northfield after a young woman suffered nasty injuries as she tried to fend off her assailant.

The 31-year-old was putting her young child into her car when a man wearing a balaclava seized her handbag and threw her to the floor when she wouldn’t let go. She was left with cuts, grazes and bruising as he continued to rifle threw her belongings as she fought to hold onto the bag and he eventually ran off with nothing.

The attack happened at around 7pm outside Knights Chemist on Bristol Road South on Friday 5 July.

Detective Constable Adam McHugh said: “This young woman bravely resisted her attacker, but was badly injured in the process. The attack was even more shocking as it was carried out in front of her four-year-old child.

“Fortunately she is recovering well and although nothing was stolen, we are keen to catch the culprit to prevent this or worse happening to anyone else.”

Police are trawling CCTV to see if the man was captured on any footage at local shops and are appealing for any witnesses they have not already spoken with to come forward.

The victim, although not wishing to be identified, has also appealed for the public’s help. She said: “I was horrified that my daughter saw it happen and such was the veracity of the attack, I was fearful that her she was going to grow up without a mother!”

The man was wearing a balaclava which covered his face and neck, with a dark coloured top and dark bottoms and red gloves. After the attack he ran across the busy Sir Herbert Austin Way.

Anyone with information is urged to contact police on 101 or alternatively information can be given to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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