Purse snatch warning

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wETHERBY Police are warning residents to be on their guard after a number of “purse-dipping” thefts in Wetherby Town centre.

Sgt Stuart Mason, of Wetherby Police, said a number of incidents had been reported to the police in the last fortnight in which purses have been taken out of handbags by thieves.

He told the Wetherby News: “We would ask residents and shoppers, and women in particular, to take extra care with their handbags to ensure their security.

“These incidents are happening in crowded areas and shops and these theives target vulnerable people and use distraction techniques to commit these crimes.”

The warning follows the latest incident, in which an 80-year-old had her purse containing around £65 cash stolen, along with her travel and debit cards from her handbag at 11.30am at a Wetherby supermarket on Wednesday, February 29.

Sergeant Mason said thieves had also recently targeted a charity shop and restaurant in Wetherby.

For more advice on preventing crime, visit West Yorkshire Police’s website at www.westyorkshire.police.uk/crimeprevention.