A man has appeared in court charged with attempted murder after a pensioner suffered several wounds to her neck and face in Alfreton.
The 68-year-old woman told police that a man allegedly approached her as she was walking in Grange Street at about 6pm last Friday and demanded her handbag.
She said that when she refused to hand it over, the alleged robber punched her several times and took her bag.
Police said the woman suffered facial injuries, including several puncture wounds to her face and neck.
She was taken to the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham for treatment and has since been discharged.
Lee Greenall, 39, of Castle Drive, Somercotes, was charged with attempted murder, robbery and possessing an offensive weapon and appeared at Chesterfield magistrates' court for a preliminary hearing on Thursday.
He was remanded in custody and will next appear at Nottingham Crown Court on Thursday, March 10.
Anyone who witnessed anything that evening, or anyone who has discovered a discarded handbag or purse, should urgently call police on 101, quoting incident 538 of February 5.