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British Transport Police release CCTV images following thefts on rail network - two in Barrow

British Transport Police have released CCTV images of people they want to speak to in connection with several thefts in the North West on trains and in stations last year, two of which happened in Barrow.

In Barrow:

  • A passenger was travelling from Manchester Piccadilly to Barrow and placed a black Jasper Conran bag on the floor of the carriage – the bag also contained a laptop and vintage Diane von Furstenberg dress. At Roose the bag was taken from the train by a man in the company of a young woman. The theft happened at about 9.15pm on Saturday 18 January.
  • Sometime between 4.40pm and 3pm on Monday, 13 January a mobile phone was stolen from the women’s toilets at Barrow station. The victim had been at the toilets on platform one and had accidentally left her phone on a sink. When she returned to collect the phone she found it had been stolen.

In the rest of the North West:

  • At about 10.20pm on November 24 2013 a mobile phone was stolen whilst its owner was using the ladies’ toilets at Manchester Piccadilly.
  • Just before 1.50pm on December 7 a purse was stolen after it was dropped by its owner at platform two at Manchester Piccadilly.
  • At about 7.10pm on 15 December 2103 a trolley case was stolen from a train which was stationary at Manchester Piccadilly. The owner had left the case in the racks above her seat.
  • A bag was stolen from a passenger at St Helens Central. The woman accidentally left her bag in the booking officer for a short time. When she went to retrieve it, it had been stolen. The theft happened at 4pm on 14 December 2013.
  • Just after 5.50pm on Christmas Eve 2013 a passenger placed her bag in the vestibule of a train travelling from Liverpool Lime Street to Blackpool North. At Wigan North Western she discovered the suitcase had been stolen and enquiries have revealed it was taken at St Helens Central.
  • A passenger accidentally left a bag on a train heading to Manchester Airport. When rail staff checked the carriage the bag had been removed. CCTV has since shown it was taken by another passenger who left the train at Manchester Airport. The theft happened at 7.45pm on 29 December 2013.
  • Shortly before 4pm on Sunday, 2 March, a man and his friend stole two bottles of alcohol from the Upper Crust store at Liverpool Lime Street. When they left the shop the pair were challenged by a Police Community Support Officer, but were able to overpower the officer and run off.
  • On two seperate ocassions a quantity of chocolates were stolen from WH Smiths at Liverpool Lime Street station. The thefts happened at 10.30am on Wednesday, 5 February and 8.30am on Thursday, 6 February.

Temporary Detective Chief Inspector Andrea Rainey said: “BTP, in conjunction with train operating companies, has done a huge amount of work to build awareness of the tactics of thieves and their likely targets.

“But criminals are still operating across the network and are preying on passengers whose attention is on things other than their property.

“Thankfully the railway is well covered by CCTV and, in most cases, there is nowhere for thieves to hide.

“We have several ongoing cases at the moment in which we have good CCTV images of people we believe can help reunite passengers with their stolen property and I am calling on anyone who can identify these people to come forward.”

If you can assist BTP’s enquiries in relation to any of these incidents please call 0800 40 50 40 or ring Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. In all calls please quote log NWA/B9 of 13/3/14.

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