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Ipswich: Thieves target town centre revellers as iPhones, handbags and cash stolen over Bank Holiday weekend

17:13 08 May 2014

Police appeal after phones and cash were stolen in Ipswich

Police appeal after phones and cash were stolen in Ipswich


Police have warned late-night revellers in Ipswich to be on their guard after half a dozen phones and cash were stolen from pubs and bars in the town centre over the Bank Holiday weekend.


Three iPhones were stolen from a bar in the Old Cattle Market. The first was taken after being left in a toilet cubicle between 12am and 1am on Saturday.

The two other iPhones were stolen from handbags between 1.30am and 2.30am on Sunday and between the same hours on Monday.

Meanwhile an unattended handbag containing cash and a mobile was taken from a pub in Tower Street between 11pm on Friday and 12.30am on Saturday. An iPhone was also taken from another handbag during the same hours at the venue.

A Samsung Galaxy S4 was stolen from a handbag in a bar in Coachmans Court between 11.30pm on Saturday and 1.30am on Sunday.

A wallet containing cash was stolen from a man’s pocket in a bar in Princes Street between 11pm on Saturday and 3am on Sunday.

A Suffolk Constabulary spokesman said: “Police are reminding night-time economy users to remain vigilant after six mobile phones and a wallet were stolen from Ipswich over the weekend.”

Police are advising people to:

- Keep your phone (and other valuables) in a zipped bag or pocket.

- Never leave your phone unattended on a table or at the bar.

- Register your phone on

- Download a tracking application to your phone (see your app store or use an internet search). Have a trial run and know how to use it.

- Make sure it is safe to use your phone before getting it out of your bag or pocket. If anyone bumps into you, check your valuables immediately.

- If your phone is lost or stolen, activate your tracking application as soon as you find out.

- Know the details of your network provider and contact them immediately and ask them to block your phone if it is stolen.

- Use a password on your phone. This will reduce the risk of a thief being able to access your personal information.

Witnesses or people with information relating to these incidents are urged to call police on 101.



  • download ''LOOKOUT'' on your mobile from google play, its free and efficient, you will need a unique swipe lock or password for security, if the thief takes it, and tries to get in, he has 5 chances, then it takes his photo without him knowing, and sends it to your email address, and then emits a high pitched screaming sound which cant be turned off, he would have to remove the battery, and in any event you can trace the phone through the gps on your phone, regardless if he removes the battery, then you can spread his picture on every social network available to you, even the local paper will publish it, im sure, good luck

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    Albert Hanlon

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • Its been going on for around 3 years , sometimes as many as 15 in one night . Phones stolen out of peoples pockets by professional pickpockets , you'll know from where they originate

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    Poppys Dad

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • The perils of alcohol, the worst drug in the world. More deaths than all the drugs combined, and we still glamourise it. Alcohol, the cause of so many domestic disputes, alcohol the cause of so much violence on the streets.

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    Lee Davies

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

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