Shop­pers on alert af­ter purse thefts

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update -

SHOP­PERS in Stam­ford have been asked to be on their guard af­ter a spate of purse thefts in the town.

It fol­lows an in­ci­dent be­tween 11.30am and 12.10pm on Satur­day, May 5, when a woman had a purse stolen from her hand­bag next to Lloyds TSB in High Street, with an­other woman tar­geted just a few hours later in the same area.

A Lin­colnshire Po­lice spokesman said: “A num­ber of pos­si­ble sus­pects were iden­ti­fied this week in the town. There was in­suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence to make an ar­rest but they were es­corted from the town cen­tre and ob­served un­til they left the area.”

Women have been told to keep their hand­bags fas­tened or zipped and ide­ally worn rest­ing on their fronts where they are vis­i­ble.

They be­lieve the of­fend­ers will more of­ten than not be a woman, work­ing as part of a gang. Any­one with in­for­ma­tion should call po­lice on 101. AN­I­MAL-LOV­ING res­i­dents can pick a pu­ur­fect new pet at a re­hom­ing event to­mor­row.

The Peter­bor­ough branch of Cats Pro­tec­tion will hold the event at St B’s Hall, Main Street, Yax­ley from 11am to 12.30pm.

Pam Mcni­col, branch co­or­di­na­tor, said the event was ideal for fam­i­lies look­ing for a new com­pan­ion.

She said: “We have cats of all shapes and sizes look­ing for their for­ever homes, so if you are look­ing to adopt, please come along and find out if we have the right cat for you.

“Our wait­ing list con­tin­ues to grow, and be­fore we are able to take more cats in we must find lov­ing homes for those in our care at the mo­ment.”

All adult cats are neutered, fleaed, wormed, mi­crochipped and vac­ci­nated. The char­ity charges £55 for each adopted cat.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the char­ity, call 0845 371 2750 or visit www.peter­bor­

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