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Renewed appeal after theft

PUBLISHED: 12:18 16 June 2003 | UPDATED: 14:00 03 March 2010

BRITISH Transport police today renewed their appeal in a bid to catch the woman who stole £100 from Education Secretary Charles Clarke while they travelled on a train.

BRITISH Transport police today renewed their appeal in a bid to catch the woman who stole £100 from Education Secretary Charles Clarke while they travelled on a train.

The woman got off at Ipswich railway station after the theft, which took place on the 3.30pm from London to Norwich on May 1.

The first appeal for witnesses was issued in The Evening Star on May 21, although it was not revealed the Government minister was the victim of the crime.

Today Ipswich-based Detective Constable Alan Reed stressed Mr Clarke had not been the victim of a robbery, as has been reported in some sections of the media, but a theft. No force was used by the woman to steal the money which Mr Clarke told police he had left on a table while reading a newspaper.

"Mr Clarke left his property on a table in front of him and only discovered the money was missing when he arrived at Norwich," said Dc Reed.

"On reflection Mr Clarke realises it was silly thing to have done. It is a lesson for other people to keep their property within sight and out of harm's way."

The woman who stole Mr Clarke's money is described as white, in her early 20s, of slim build and wearing a white blouse and dark trousers. Her hair was swept back.

Mr Clarke had £100 in sterling and euros stolen.

A police investigation into the crime, which took place between Colchester and Ipswich, is under way.

Mr Clarke, a former crime minister, said: "I had money stolen from my wallet on my way to Norwich. It was only money. No credit cards or other items were taken.

"As soon as I reached my destination, I reported it to British Transport Police and gave them a full statement. I will, of course, assist them in any further inquiries.

"The police have handled this very well and I am grateful for the work they are continuing to do."

Anyone with information about the theft should telephone the BTP on 01473 601978 or freephone 0800 304050.

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