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Christmas shoppers warned

PUBLISHED: 03:30 15 December 2001 | UPDATED: 11:02 03 March 2010

IPSWICH Police are warning shoppers to be on their guard this Christmas after a series of thefts in the town centre.

Police received six reports yesterday of stolen purses.

IPSWICH Police are warning shoppers to be on their guard this Christmas after a series of thefts in the town centre.

Police received six reports yesterday of stolen purses. They were stolen from inside bags and pockets while the unsuspecting shoppers were in the Buttermarket, Carr Street, Westgate Street and Upper Brook Street in the town centre.

All the thefts took place between 1.30pm and 3.30pm.

Crime reduction officer Pc Jane Corbett warned: "At this time of year people are particularly vulnerable.

"Shoppers tend to carry larger quantities of cash than they normally would and over-load themselves with bags.

"We would suggest that people become extra vigilant and keep their purses and handbags close to them at all times."

Police also offered advice on how to avoid the criminals.

They are reminding people not to carry large sums of money and where possible carry bags with the clasp hanging inwards. Personal dentification and keys should not be carried in bags.

Finally the advice is that if someone grabs your handbag or purse, do not try to resist them, but shout for help.

n If you have any information about the recent town-centre thefts, call Ipswich Police on 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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