POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a woman had her bag snatched in Basingstoke.

The 34-year-old woman was walking along Winchester Road in the direction of the town centre around 10.25pm on Tuesday, 11 September.

As she reached the junction with Penrith Road, a man attempted to grab the bag she was carrying.

He punched her several times before running off with the bag along Penrith Road.

The woman was bruised during the snatching.

The bag is described as a black linen bag with the word Yoga in silver lettering on the front. It contained a red Karen Millen leather purse with cash and cards, a black iPhone 5 charging cable, a set of silver keys, a pair of light blue jeans and a black power bank charging device.

The man is described as Asian, around 5ft 2ins tall, aged between 20 and 40 years old, and of slender build. He wore dark clothing, with a woolly hat and a hooded top.

Anyone with any information about this incident is encouraged to contact the police on 101 quoting 44180344385.