Cycling thief ‘targeting women’ in series of raids on Leeds estate

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Police say a bike-riding man has been terrorising women on a Leeds estate.

Officers appealed for information after a series of incidents on the Hawksworth estate and nearby West Park

Writing on Facebook, the Leeds inner west neighbourhood policing team said: “Over the last two days a white male on a black mountain bike has been targeting women sitting in their cars on the West Park/Hawksworth estate, smashing the window using an orange object and stealing their handbags.

“He is also targeting females in the area, stealing purses from their hands.” Police have increased patrols in the area.