A PENSIONER was the victim of an attempted robbery outside a Hampshire bank.

A woman in her 80s was outside Barclays Bank in New Milton when someone tried to steal her handbag.

A man has been arrested in connection with the incident.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the robbery attempt, which occurred on Tuesday at around 4.30pm.

A police spokesman said: "A man approached a lady in her 80s and tried to steal her handbag.

A 27-year-old man from Romsey was arrested yesterday on suspicion of robbery. He remains in police custody at this time."

Anyone who saw what happened should call Hampshire police on 101, quoting crime reference number 44180249101.