A WOMAN was dragged into a park in Poole and pinned down by two men who then stole her handbag containing her purse and cash.

Police are investigating the incident which left the victim with injuries to her face and chest.

At around 8pm on Wednesday, June 2, the victim – a woman aged in her 40s from Poole – was approached from behind by a man on Princess Road and dragged into the park.

A second man held the victim down, but the men were disturbed by a loud noise from a car and ran away from the scene.

A brown suede handbag was stolen, which included a purse, bank card, cash and a pair of sunglasses.

The victim sustained injuries to her face and chest during the incident. Her injuries are not believed to be serious.

And police are now appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Police constable Sarah Hodgson, of the priority crime team, said: “This was a very frightening incident for the victim and we take reports of violence of this nature very seriously.

“I am appealing to anyone who was in the area at the time and witnessed what happened, or any motorists who were in the vicinity and may have captured anything of relevance on dashcam, to please get in touch.

“I would also urge anyone who witnessed any suspicious activity involving two men around the relevant time or leading up to the incident to come forward.

“Finally, I would like to hear from anyone who may have located any of the stolen property discarded in the nearby area.

“Officers will be carrying out patrols over the coming days and can be approached by members of the community with any concerns.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email to 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55210087592.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.