Woman, 23, stabbed in the leg by robbers

A 23-YEAR-OLD woman was stabbed in the leg as she walked along a town centre street.

The woman was attacked at around 8pm on Wednesday as she was walking along Church Street.

She was pulled into the churchyard of St Edburg’s Church by at least two men.

The men attempted to pull the woman’s handbag away from her and in the struggle she was stabbed in her right leg.

The men fled with her handbag.

The woman called her partner who informed the emergency services.

Det Sgt Craig Kirby said: “This is a nasty robbery in which the woman was seriously injured.

“Thankfully, she is in a stable condition in the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, but this could have been much worse.

“Officers carried out a search of the area yesterday evening, and the churchyard and the surrounding roads will be searched again today to try and locate the stolen handbag. I would urge anyone who was in the area at the time of the incident, who may have seen or heard anything suspicious, to come forward and speak to us as soon as possible. The victim believes there were at least two men, one of which she said was white with what she believes to be a Polish accent.”

Anyone with information should contact the 24-hour Thames Valley Police Enquiry Line quoting URN reference 406 of 30/12/10 on 0845 8 505 505.

Alternatively, you can contact the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.