Police will be increasing patrols in Northampton town centre after a 23-year-old woman was attacked in the same churchyard a Northampton man was found dead two months ago.
Police have today revealed a woman was walking through St Giles’ Churchyard on Monday shortly after 9.30pm when she was stopped by two men who demanded she hand over her purse and phone.
She told the men she did not have any cash or a mobile phone but they searched her and her bag.
When they realised she had nothing to steal, they punched and kicked her while she was on the floor.
The woman was able to run away and call the police.
The attack comes two months after the body of Jamie McMahon was found in the same churchyard after he was the victim of a violent robbery.
Jamie suffered fatal head injuries and his mobile phone and wallet were stolen.
Inspector Dave Rayfield said: “We will be increasing patrols in the area and providing a visible police presence. We would like to reassure the public that incidents of this nature are rare and we do not believe this incident to be linked to the sad death of Jamie McMahon.”
One of the men in the attempted robbery on December 9 is mixed race, aged 25 to 30, 5ft 10in, with a skinny build. He wore a dark hooded top, white Nike trainers, black running gloves, a dark scarf covering his face and a dark baseball cap with a red rim and round logo on the peak.