Watch out for purse thieves

POLICE are urging shoppers in Alnwick to be on their guard after two elderly women were targeted by purse thieves last week.

Between 12.15pm and 12.30pm on Friday, May 20, a 74-year-old woman was approached by a man and a woman in the Salvation Army building on Hotspur Street. One of the offenders distracted the victim while the other stole her purse from inside her handbag.

Around the same time, a similar theft took place in the Salvation Army store on Bondgate Within, when another 74-year-old woman was approached by two people.

She was also distracted and had her purse stolen from her bag.

The man involved in both incidents is described as being tanned, in his late 20s, around 5ft 5in tall with greasy dark-coloured medium-length hair.

He is of medium build and was wearing navy-coloured tracksuit bottoms and a dark, zipped, nylon jacket.

The woman is said to be white, in her late 20s, fair-skinned, of broad build and possibly in the early stages of pregnancy. She has light brown hair over her ears and is around 5ft 5in tall. She was wearing a peach-coloured T-shirt and cream-coloured trousers.

Alnwick Neighbourhood Inspector Sue Peart said: “There is no place in our communities for those who prey on the elderly and vulnerable. I’d appeal for anyone with any information into these cowardly thefts to contact us.”

Call the police in Alnwick on 03456 043043 ext 69191 if you can help.