An­other woman’s hand­bag snatched by a man on bike

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - by Thom Mor­ris tmor­ris@thek­m­

A THIRD woman has had her bag snatched by a man us­ing his bi­cy­cle as a get­away ve­hi­cle.

The lat­est in­ci­dent hap­pened in Kingsnorth Road, Ash­ford, on Wed­nes­day, May 5, be­tween 12.15pm and 12.30pm.

The man, aged about 20, rode past the woman on a blue moun­tain bike and grabbed her hand­bag and a car­rier bag as he went past.

In­side her bag was a pass­port, an iden­tity card, a small amount of cash and a mo­bile phone.

DC Becky Lown said: “We are link­ing this to two other in­ci­dents in the area.”

The first in­ci­dent was on April 26 in Beaver Road be­tween 11am and 11.15am when a young man rode past a woman and snatched the purse from her hand.

The 46-year-old vic­tim told the Ken­tish Ex­press: “I was walk- ing quite fast down the road when I felt some­thing brush me and then he lunged at me and grabbed my bag and it cut my fin­ger as he rode off with it.

“I screamed at two men for them to stop him but they stopped some­one else.

“Then I could see him down the bot­tom of the road al­most taunt­ing me. I just think it’s disgusting that some­one’s out there do­ing this.

“He didn’t look very old. I’ve got an 18-year-old son and from the way he rode his bike I’d say he’s roughly the same age.”

She added: “I went back down there a few days later and there’s lots of el­derly ladies with their bags gen­tly hang­ing over their shoul­ders and I’m wor­ried it could hap­pen to them.”

The sec­ond in­ci­dent hap­pened in Kingsnorth Road on May 4 be­tween 1pm and 1.28pm.

A 36-year-old woman was walk­ing back to work dur­ing her lunch break when a young male on a bike rode past her and grabbed her hand­bag con­tain­ing money, bank cards, a mo­bile phone and a diary.

In the lat­est in­ci­dent the of­fender was wear­ing blue jeans, a black jacket over a white hooded jumper with the hood up.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to con­tact DC Lown on 01303 289438.

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