Police have praised a Good Samaritan for helping to recover a purse that was "snatched" off a care home worker in Newcastle.

Officers were called to a care home in Walker at about 8pm on Wednesday after receiving a report that a 37-year-old worker had been confronted by a man outside.

It was reported that the suspect threatened her with a smashed bottle, grabbed her purse and then ran off.

However, a kind-hearted stranger, who was in the area at the time, chased the suspect before catching up with him and forcing him to hand over the purse.

Unfortunately, the suspect was then able to make off from the scene and detectives at Northumbria Police launched an investigation.

They were able to identify a suspect and on Thursday a 25-year-old was arrested in connection with the attack.

He was also arrested in relation to a robbery on Tuesday evening where a 59-year-old woman had her bag snatched as she got off a bus on Cowen Street.

Chief Inspector Gary Richardson, of Northumbria Police, has today praised the member of the public who intervened.

He said: "These were two terrifying incidents for the victims who were threatened with violence and had their property snatched from him.

"Thankfully we have quickly identified a subject and within 24 hours of the second robbery we had a suspect in our custody.

"We hope that reassures our communities and shows how seriously we take incidents of this nature.

"I want to take this opportunity to thank the Good Samaritan who rushed to the aid of the care home worker who was targeted by the thief.

"He made off in pursuit, was able to recover her purse and provide us with evidence that ultimately proved crucial to our investigation.

"We want to thank him for being a true community hero and we know our communities would echo that praise."

The 25-year-old suspect appeared at South East Northumberland Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

He was charged with two counts of robbery and was remanded to appear at Newcastle Crown Court on June 4.