Bells sound the alarm

Louise McCartney shows the security bell on her purse that she received from Alnwick Lions president Dave Bickerton, Dave Knowles and George Graham.
Louise McCartney shows the security bell on her purse that she received from Alnwick Lions president Dave Bickerton, Dave Knowles and George Graham.

FREE security bells are being handed out by a charitable group to help residents combat sneak-thieves.

Alnwick Lions Club will be giving the items away at its bookshop on Bondgate Within.

The bells, which have been supplied by the town’s Northumbria Pets – which is located on the same street – can be attached to purses, helping to alert the owner if a pickpocket strikes.

Alnwick Lions member Dave Knowles, who is also a magistrate at the court in South East Northumberland, said: “There have been a couple of purse snatches so this is a way to beat that.

“It is a simple crime-prevention method.

“If someone tries to take a purse, the bell will ring.”

Police have thrown their support behind the initiative but have stressed that this type of crime is uncommon in the town.

Acting Inspector Graham Vickers said: “While thefts of purses and retail crime are very low in Alnwick, police welcome any prevention measures which ensure that such crimes remain very low and people are vigilant.”

The bookshop is open 10am to 4pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays as well as 9am to 4pm on Saturdays.

To report a theft, call police on 101.