A woman walking her dogs through Letchworth's Norton Common was verbally threatened during an attempted robbery last week.

At around 6.30pm on Tuesday, October 18, the victim was approached by a young male on a bike who demanded her wallet before verbally threatened her.

The woman began to scream and the male made off empty handed towards Cowslip Hill.

Detective Constable Beth Talbot, who is investigating, said: “This was a scary incident for the individual involved and we are doing all we can to trace the suspect.

“The male is described as white, between 5ft 7 and 6ft tall, in his late teens or early twenties and of slim build with short hair. He was wearing a black hoodie and dark trousers. The bike he was riding was dark in colour.

“I am appealing for any witnesses who were in the area at the time, or anyone with information, to get in touch with me at beth.talbot@herts.police.uk. Any information you have, no matter how small it might seem, could be vital to our investigation.”

You can report information online at herts.police.uk/report, speak to an operator via online web chat at herts.police.uk/contact or call the non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference 41/84446/22.