POLICE are appealing for information about a gang of thieves who kicked an older woman in the stomach before making off with her handbag.

Three men attacked the 57-year-old woman, from Lewisham, when she was walking along Clarendon Rise towards Lee High Road on January 15, at 7.45pm.

The woman struggled with one of the men, but when he was joined by two others she surrendered her handbag and was kicked in the stomach by one of the men.

The attackers are described as being a 24-year-old black man, a 22-year-old black man and a 17-year-old black youth.

If you have any information about the theft, call Catford CID on 020 8695 1212 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.