Police investigating the alleged robbery on Heslington Road in York on Monday (December 8), have now revealed that the incident did not happen.
On Wednesday (December 10) the alleged victim withdrew the allegation and the police investigation has been closed.
No action will be taken against the complainant, detectives say.
From Wednesday, December 10
Woman, 60, knocked over and robbed on York street
A man pushed over a 60-year-old woman and snatched her bag as she walked along a York street.
The woman was robbed as she walked along Heslington Road between 2pm and 3pm on Monday (December 8)
After walking about three quarters of the way along the road from the direction of The Retreat towards the York Barbican, the woman was pushed from behind and her bag was snatched from her arm.
She fell to the floor and sustained a minor leg injury as a result of the attack and was also very shaken up by what happened.
The suspect then ran off in the direction of the Barbican.
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The victim only caught sight of the suspects legs and he is described as wearing jeans and dark coloured men’s shoes.
The stolen handbag is described as black with red and multi-coloured butterflies on it.
It measures around 12in by 10in by 5in, has two umbrella pockets at each end and a shoulder strap. Inside was a black purse, a mobile phone and an amount of cash.
Anyone who finds the bag is should contact the police.
Detectives are also appealing for anyone who witnessed the attack or was walking along Heslington Road between 2pm and 3pm, to contact them.
To remain anonymous, pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Please quote reference 12140212094 when passing on information.