An elderly woman was nearly robbed of her gold bracelet by a woman who was pretending to collect for a local charity.

The woman, aged in her eighties, was with a friend at the Horns Lane car park in Princes Risborough when she was approached by a woman with a clipboard on September 30 at around 10.30am.

Claiming she was collecting for a local deaf charity, she handed the clipboard to the elderly woman's friend and while they were both distracted, pushed the woman into the car they had arrived in and tried to snatch a gold bracelet from her hand.

The force of the attack left her with a bruise on her hand but fortunately she did not need hospital treatment.

The attacker is describe as a white woman, aged in her twenties of average build and around 5ft 6ins tall.

She had either blonde or light brown hair and was wearing a hi-visibility vest.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Patrick Cline of the Priority Crime Team based at High Wycombe police station, said: “This was a frightening ordeal for the victim, who thankfully, although shaken, did not suffer serious injuries.

“I am appealing to anybody that was in the area at around the time of the incident to contact Thames Valley Police if you have witnessed anything that can assist the investigation.

“You can make a report online or call 101, quoting reference number 43210442337.

“Alternatively, for 100% anonymity, you can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”