OAP wanted in Leeds rail station purse snatch inquiry

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Police want to speak to an elderly woman after a fellow pensioner had her purse stolen at Leeds railway station.

British Transport Police (BTP) officers are appealing for the public’s help in identifying the smartly dressed senior citizen after issuing a CCTV image of her at the station around the time of the incident.

They say she could have “key information” about the crime last month.

PC John Severns, the investigating officer, said the victim – a 69-year-old woman from St Neots in Cambridgeshire – was walking along platform 11C when her leather purse, which contained hundreds of pounds in cash and a number of bank cards, fell from the suitcase she was pulling.

He added: “It is believed a woman close by picked it up and appeared to look around before placing it in her own bag.

“A short while later the victim realised she had dropped it and began looking around the platform and asking other passengers if they had seen the purse.

“The woman who had been seen to pick up the purse was still in the area but didn’t identify herself or return the item.”

The thief boarded the 12.08pm train from Leeds to Blackpool.

PC Severns added: “The purse hasn’t been handed in since and we are now releasing this image in the hope that someone may recognise the woman, who we believe will have key information about this incident.

“If you know her please contact us.”

In the image the woman is wearing a summer dress and a cardigan and is carrying a white handbag, along with what appears to be a cup of coffee.

Anyone with information should call British Transport Police on freefone 0800 405040 or text 61016, or contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111, quoting reference PSUB/B7 of August 1.

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