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Police release CCTV image in relation to Chesterfield purse thefts

Officers want to speak to the woman pictured in connection with a series of purse thefts across Chesterfield.

At least six offences - where purses have been stolen from bags in stores across the town - have been linked by investigators over Friday, January 4 and Saturday, January 5.

Officers are keen to speak to this woman in connection with the offences.

If you have any information that could help the investigation, or believe you may have been a victims,  get in touch with Derbyshire Constabulary.

You can contact officers via Facebook, Twitter, the Derbyshire Constabulary website or by calling 101.

Quote the reference number 19000005992 and name of the officer in the case, DS Smith, in any correspondence.

You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Please note in the event of an emergency you should always call 999.

Meanwhile, officers are holding a shopping safety event in Chesterfield this week to help people protect their purses, wallets and valuables.

Shoppers will be able to drop in and speak to the Chesterfield Town Centre Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team inside the Marks and Spencer store, on High Street, between 9am and 11am on Friday, February 1.

They will be reminding and offering advice to people to make sure they keep their personal belongings safe while in the town centre.

PCSO Jo Elliott-Pressland said: “We are holding this event to advise shoppers to take care and to keep their purses and valuables safe, especially in light of a recent series of purse thefts in the town centre during January.

“It’s easy to get distracted when you’re out and about so I would urge people to make sure they keep belongings well secured and hidden away a zipped bag or inside pocket.”

Shoppers are advised to:

  • Stay vigilant and be aware of other people around you.
  • Keep purses, wallets and valuables in a secure handbag, inside coat or jacket pocket.
  • Always make sure handbags are fastened securely.
  • Never leave handbags or shopping bags unattended.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
  • Never keep pin numbers with bank cards.
  • Fit and use purse chains or bells to make it more difficult and to alert you should someone try to remove a purse or wallet.

 

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