A MAN allegedly grabbed a woman's arm while she was stood at a bus stop in York and told her to give him her mobile phone.

North Yorkshire Police said the assault happened on Cornlands Road, Acomb, at 10.30am last Thursday.

The victim, a 32-year-old woman, was approached by a man on a bicycle who told her to give him a cigarette, the force said.

He grabbed her by the right forearm and told her to give him her mobile phone, according to the force.

It added that a bus then arrived and the victim got on.

The force said she was uninjured and did not lose any of her property during the incident.

No arrests have yet been made.

North Yorkshire Police is asking for the public's help to establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident.

In particular, it is appealing for information about the identity of the suspect.

He is described as white, approximately 5ft 6in tall, dark-brown shaggy hair with a bit of a fringe which did not reach his eyebrows, skinny build, a gaunt face which shows his cheekbones, dark eyebrows and brown staining on his teeth.

He was wearing a white Superdry jacket with blue jeans that had a rip in them, which the victim thinks was on the left knee, and brown leather-style shoes.

He spoke with a local accent and he was riding a black battered mountain bike.

Anyone with information that could assist the investigation should contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2, and ask for Andrew Copeland. You can also email Andrew.Copeland@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Please quote the North Yorkshire Police reference number 12180061935.