Two lone women have been attacked and punched at night by men on pushbikes in Cardiff.
A woman in her 40s was faced with a man brandishing a knife as she walked home from the shops in Roath just before midnight.
The man, who was with a male accomplice, made off with her handbag at 11.50pm on Keppoch Street on Tuesday, September 8.
A second woman, who is in her 30s, was approached by the same men the night before at around 10.15pm on Alfred Street.
She too had her handbag robbed after visiting the local shops on Monday night. Alfred Street is just off the popular Albany Road while Keppoch Street is less than 200m away.
South Wales Police says it has stepped up patrols in the area following the robberies on consecutive nights and is warning people to stay vigilant.
A spokesman for the force said: “There have been two street robberies in consecutive nights involving lone females.
“Extensive enquiries are underway by detectives to identity and arrest those responsible. The suspects are two males on push bikes.
“On both occasions the women, who were walking home from local shops, were punched and on the second occasion a knife was produced.
“Such violence will not be tolerated and to target lone women in this way is particularly cowardly.”
Police are appealing for anyone with information about these incidents or the two men responsible to contact them on 101 or
Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 1111 quoting ref: *327686.