Police warn of Leeds city centre phone thieves

Police are urging people out in Leeds city centre over Christmas and New Year to guard against mobile phone and purse thieves and are mounting high-visiibility and covert patrols.

Officers are patrolling "hot-spot" areas and are urging people to protect their wallets, purses and property.

There has been a recent rise in the number of wallets, purses and mobile phones reported stolen in the city centre and a number of people have been arrested inside clubs after being detained by doorstaff.

Some are due to appear before magistrates courts and others have been released on bailed on condition they do not to enter the city centre.

City policing boss Chief Insp Francis said: "People coming into Leeds this Christmas should be and feel safe while having a great time too.

Local officers are involved in a large number of schemes to ensure this. We pay particular attention to violent crime and alcohol-related disorder, but crimes such as phone and purse theft can take the gloss off your night out.

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