POLICE are hunting a brazen thief after a 64-year-old woman was robbed of her handbag and injured in a town centre.

At around 5pm on Friday, the woman was robbed of her handbag, containing personal items and some money, by a man who approached her from behind as she walked in the lane leading from Burns Street to Murchland Way in Irvine, North Ayrshire.

During the incident she fell to the ground, injuring her hands. She was treated at Crosshouse Hospital and has since been released.

The suspect is described as white, between 20 and 30, 5ft9in tall, slim build, dark brown hair and had a local accent.

He was wearing a dark coloured, mid-length Parka type jacket, possibly with a fur collar and washed out jeans.