Investigation launched following robbery in Liverpool City Centre

Detectives are investigating following a robbery in Liverpool city centre last night, Monday 13th November.

At around 8.25pm a 19 year-old woman had been walking along May Street, at the junction with Brownlow Hill, in Liverpool city centre, when she was approached by an unknown male who snatched her purse.

During a struggle the woman suffered an injury to her abdomen which was consistent with having been stabbed.

She was taken to hospital where her condition is today described as stable.

The male is believed to run off in the direction of Brownlow Hill, possibly along Pleasant Street towards Clarence Street.

An investigation is underway and CCTV and witness enquiries are ongoing in the local area.

Detective Inspector Steve McGrath said: "I would appeal for anyone who was in the vicinity of May Street or Brownlow Hill at around 8.30pm last night who may have seen the incident or seen a male running away to get in touch.

"The investigation is in its early days but extensive enquiries are ongoing to establish the circumstances of what happened, support the young woman concerned and find the person responsible.

"I want to make it clear that Merseyside Police will not tolerate the use of knives as weapons on our streets, and the force is absolutely determined to eradicate knife crime. Alongside our partners, we will continue to educate, enforce and act on any information given to us, to make the streets safer.

"We know knife crime can have devastating consequences for victims and their families, and we are committed to tackling the problem and identifying those involved so they can be put before the courts.

"Anyone who witnessed the incident or saw anything suspicious that could help is asked to contact 0151 777 4065 or you can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously and for free on 0800 555 111 or via their online form:

"We'd also appeal to people with any information about people carrying knives to contact us on 101 or Crimestoppers. We will act on all the information we receive."