Old Town bag snatch

A TEENAGER was punched and her friend’s bag was stolen during a night out in the Old Town.

The pair were in George Street at about 1am on Sunday morning (March 6) when another woman approached them. She punched one of the women in the stomach, and snatched the other one’s handbag before running off towards the town centre.

The girl whose bag was taken chased after the mugger, who had discarded it mid-flight, but make-up and £15 cash had been stolen.

The suspect is described as having distinctive long dark brown or black hair, and DC Mike Pearson of Hastings Police said: “I would like to hear from anyone who witnessed this incident or may have any information that would assist the investigation”.

He can be contacted on 0845 6070999.