Young cyclist attempted to grab woman's handbag in Gallowtree Gate, Leicester city centre
A boy thought to be as young as 12 tried to snatch a woman's handbag as he cycled past her.
The youth targeted the 22-year-old woman in Gallowtree Gate, in Leicester city centre, at 6pm on Monday.
The victim was walking towards the Clock Tower while on her phone when she was approached by the youth who tried but failed to grab the bag as he passed her.
Detective Constable Peter Bown said: "The victim was walking on the right hand side of the road towards the Clock Tower when the incident happened.
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"I would ask anyone who saw the incident take place, or who recognises the description of the suspect to contact us as soon as possible.
"Even the smallest piece of information could help with our inquiry."
The youth is white, 12 to 15, slim and has short, cropped ginger hair. He was wearing a black hooded top with the hood up.
Contact Det Con Bown on 101 or Crimestoppers, which is anonymous, on 0800 555 111.