A ROBBER yanked a gold necklace off the neck of a woman in her 60s as she walked along a footpath.

Police have arrested and bailed a 29-year-old man in connection with the incident next to Ewart Road, in Weston-super-Mare.

Officers are appealing for a dog walker who may have witnessed the theft on Tuesday (July 13) at about 10.30am to come forward.

An Avon and Somerset Police spokesperson said the man walked briskly past the victim.

"He then turned around and pulled a gold necklace from around her neck and made off with it in the direction of Baytree Road," added the spokesperson.

"He is described as white, with short dark hair and was wearing a black tracksuit and trainers.

"The necklace had a safety chain and has not at this time been recovered."

Investigating officer Carol Howell said: “One arrest has been made and enquiries are continuing.

“We believe there was a dog walker in the area who may have witnessed the incident and tried to pursue the offender.

“We’d be grateful if they would get in touch, or any other witnesses, through our website or on 101 quoting reference number 5221157563.”

You can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or via the charity's anonymous online form.