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Woman injured in attempted bag theft in Kidderminster

Investigating officers are appealing for information after an elderly woman was injured in an attempted bag theft in Kidderminster.

A woman in her 90s was on an escalator in Roland Hill shopping centre at 3pm on Thursday (27 December) heading towards Vicar Street when she felt movement by her side. As she turned around, she saw the zip to her bag was open and a man was stood close to her.

When she looked at the man, he pushed past - knocking her over. No items were taken from the bag but the woman suffered a cracked bone in her arm.

The man is described as being of large build, eastern European looking, and wearing dark clothing.

Enquiries are currently ongoing but officers are keen for anyone who saw the incident, who witnessed anyone acting suspiciously or who was in the area at the time to come forward.

Anyone with information is asked to call West Mercia Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting incident number 656S of 27 December.

Following the incident, police are keen to take this opportunity to remind people of the following:

•    always be aware and keep your possessions safe
•    never leave your bags or other valuables unattended in public places
•    be discreet with your belongings - displaying expensive jewellery/electronic devices such as mobile phones or cameras, could attract unwanted attention
•    take care when withdrawing money from ATM machines and be aware of who is around you
•    put your purse at the bottom of your bag and keep your bag closed. Never leave it on display.
•    do not carry large amounts of cash

Issued: 10am, Monday 31 December, Laura Maltby, Corporate Communications

Published 31/12/18