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Monday, 06 July 2015

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Barrow woman in 80s victim of purse dipping

TWO women in their 80s, including one from Barrow, have been the victims of purse dippings in South Cumbria.

An 82-year-old woman from Barrow had her purse stolen from her handbag while in Kendal on Friday and she had a bank card used.

Police said the woman was walking near to the bus station in Blackhall Road and also near Costa Coffee at about 12.30pm.

The purse was removed from an open handbag which was being carried over her shoulder.

The second incident also involved an 82-year-old woman. The woman, from the Isle of Man, had a purse taken while in The Lakeland Shop, on Lake Road, Bowness, at around 2pm on Friday. 

Police said she was approached by a group of people, one male and three to four females. One female asked the lady about the shoe she was holding in the store and the victim then thinks that another female touched her bag.

She then realised her purse had been stolen and she managed to cancel her cards.

The people are described as being in their 20s and Eastern European.

Anyone with information about the crimes is asked to call PC Rob Kerr at Kendal Police Station on 101.

The public are reminded to keep their bags close to them and not to write pin number down.

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