A WOMAN was dragged to the ground by a violent robber as he swiped her handbag.

The 43-year-old victim was walking in Pitsea Road, Pitsea, at 5.20pm when a man pushed her to the pavement.

She suffered a large amount of bruising from the attack.

The man ran off in the direction of Northlands Park and was described as being white, aged in his late 20s to mid-30s, around 5ft 4ins tall and was clean shaven with a long face.

He wore a black beanie hat, a black jogging jacket and blue jeans.

Anyone with information on the incident, which took place on Saturday, January 26, is asked to call the Basildon local policing team on 101 quoting crime reference 42/14166/19 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.