Police are appealing for witnesses to an attempted robbery in Blyth.
It happened between 1.15pm and 1.26pm yesterday in the area known locally as Bella Heap, waste ground beside the Tynedale Drive area of Cowpen.
A 17-year-old girl was walking across Bella Heap when a man followed her and punched her and attempted to steal her bag. She managed to hold onto her bag and the offender ran off empty-handed.
The teenager was shocked and distressed by the incident but did not require medical treatment.
The offender is described as a white man, late teens, slim build, 5ft 5in-5ft 7in tall, with short brown hair and glasses. He was wearing a navy coloured sleeveless jacket, blue jeans and trainers. He made off through the woods towards the Newsham area.
Officers are carrying out extra patrols in the area to reassure the public.
Anyone who was in the area and who may have seen or heard anything suspicious is asked to contact police on 101, quoting reference number 559 of 10/08/16 or ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.