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Police are reminding shoppers to be alert following a number of recent purse thefts in Bakewell, Matlock and Ashbourne.



Reminder to shoppers following purse thefts in Bakewell, Matlock and Ashbourne

by Amber Valley Info on Wednesday 21 February 2018

Police are reminding shoppers to be alert following a number of recent purse thefts in Bakewell, Matlock and Ashbourne.

There have been nine reports of purse thefts during the last four weeks, with the most recent taking place in Bakewell on Thursday, February 15.

A woman had money stolen from her handbag at around 12.50pm while she was in a shop on Water Lane.

In Matlock, an 80-year-old woman had her purse stolen from her bag while in a shop on Bank Road at around 11.20pm on Tuesday, February 13.

The most recent incident reported in Ashbourne took place at around 12.50pm on Friday, January 26. Cash was stolen from the handbag of a woman shopping on Dig Street.

Police officers are appealing for anyone who may have noticed anything suspicious around the time of these incidents to contact them, and are advising shoppers to be more aware while they’re out and about.

PCSO Ian Phipps, of the Bakewell Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “I would encourage shoppers to make it more difficult for someone to access your belongings by making sure your purse, wallet and other valuables are hidden away in a zipped bag.

“We would also advise people to only carry the money that you need and to use items such as purse chains or bells which will make it more difficult for purses to be stolen, acting as a deterrent and alerting you to anything suspicious.”

Advice to shoppers includes:

PCSO Phipps added: “We are working hard with partnership agencies to ensure our towns stay safe places to shop. If you are unfortunate enough to be a victim of this type of crime though, please contact the police immediately and cancel all credit and debit cards with the relevant banks as soon as possible.

“Sadly, although it could happen to anyone, older people can be more vulnerable to this type of crime so please look out for friends and relatives, and encourage them to be safer shoppers.”

Anyone who may have seen anything suspicious, or with information about these incidents should contact PCSO Ian Phipps on 101, or send him a message online through the Contact Us page by clicking here.

You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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