BAG THEFT -
HOGHTON STREET, SOUTHPORT
MERSEYSIDE Police have
stepped up patrols in Southport and are offering crime prevention
advice after several women had their handbags stolen as they walked
home. An operation is in place to catch the offender and
detectives are appealing for witnesses after a 69 year old woman was
targeted as she waited for a train in Southport on Monday, 5
November 2012. The woman was walking along Hoghton Street
towards the train station from the Little Theatre at around 7pm when
a man approached her in the underpass. The man grabbed her
gold and maroon-coloured handbag causing her to fall to the ground.
The offender then ran off past the Council building and down Hill
Street. A woman working at the Little Theatre heard the victim
shouting for help and went to her aid. She took the victim inside
and called the Police. Patrols, including officers with dogs
attended and searched the area to try and trace the offender. He is
described as a white man aged between 20 and 25 years, around 6ft
tall and of slim build. He was wearing dark trousers, a hooded top
which was zipped up, and a beanie hat pulled down low over his brow.
The woman was left incredibly shaken, but did not suffer any
physical injury. Her handbag contained a small amount of cash, a
digital camera, mobile phone and various bank and store cards.
Detectives at Sefton CID are investigating whether the Hoghton
Street incident on Monday is linked to several similar ones in
Southport in the past week. On Wednesday, 31 October 2012, an
87 year old woman was crossing the road at the junction of Beach
Road and Westcliffe Road, having got off a bus at around 4.30pm when
she had her handbag stolen by a man who pushed her to the floor. The
offender was slim and wearing a black waist coat style top and a
grey hat. The handbag is described as blue and made from leather and
contained cash and various cards. A passing van driver came to the
aid of the elderly woman, who hurt her knee during the robbery.
The following day on 1 November 2012, a 73 year old woman was
walking home from the town centre along Leicester Street at 5pm,
when the same thing happened to her. The offender in that incident
is described as white, slim, around 5ft 9ins tall, aged around 25
years old and wearing dark coloured clothing and grey trainers. The
victim's black and grey handbag contained a small amount of cash and
treasured family photographs. She was uninjured but very shaken.
Then, at around 7.45pm on the same day, a 72 year old woman going
home from the shops along Bath Street had her handbag stolen off her
arm by a man described as white, of slim build, around 5ft 10ins
tall and aged in his early 20s. He was wearing a multi-coloured
patterned top with the predominant colour being maroon. Cash, bank
cards and photographs of her grandchildren were in the red leather
purse that was inside the black handbag. She suffered bumps and
bruises after falling over during a brief struggle and was left very
distressed. Detective Sergeant Tony O'Brien from Sefton CID
said:- "These are despicable incidents against vulnerable
members of our community and we have stepped up patrols in Southport
to provide a high-visibility deterent and to reassure residents. In
each case a lone, elderly woman has been targeted so one line of
enquiriy is that it is the same offender. Extensive enquiries are
underway to try and identify and trace him and I would appeal to
anyone who has seen anyone acting suspiciously in these areas or
elsewhere in the town to call the Police. Street thefts are
extremely rare in Southport and I would like to reassure people that
we are doing everything we can to catch the person or persons
responsible. As always, I would remind people to take very simple
crime prevention measures such as not carrying large quantities of
cash in their handbags, purses or wallets, keeping valuables out of
sight, and where possible walking with a friend or relative when out
and about late at night in poorly lit places at night. Anyone who
knows who this man is should call us so that we can put a stop to
these incidents as soon as possible." Call Sefton CID
on:- 0151 777 3055 or Crimestoppers anonymously on:- 0800 555 111.
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