A WOMAN's handbag and purse was snatched from her car on Saturday morning.

Police were sent to Silk Street in Leigh near the post office at around 10.15am where a thief had opened the passenger side door of a car belonging to a woman in her 70s.

The culprit had taken a handbag and purse from the seat. The purse has since been recovered.

The victim was not touched or harmed in the incident.

If you have any more information contact police on 101.