A PENSIONER was punched by two men who tried to steal her handbag.

The 73-year-old from the Ripon area was staying at the Mount Hotel on Cliff Bridge Terrace in Scarborough, when she was attacked on a bench in the hotel courtyard.

Two men tried to snatch her handbag off her knee. When they were unable to snatch it they both simultaneously punched the woman on each side of her face.