Woman pushed to the ground after phone stolen in Ipswich
PUBLISHED: 17:07 12 June 2019 | UPDATED: 17:07 12 June 2019
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Safety warnings have been issued after three women were attacked and their phones were stolen in three incidents in Ipswich.
The first incident took place close to the river along Ranelagh Road just after 4pm on Saturday, June 8. A woman was walking down the road on her own when two white males pushed her to the ground and took her phone.
The men then ran off in the direction of the train station.
In the early hours of Sunday, June 9 a group of young males approached a woman walking along Princes Street towards the train station.
The woman was speaking to a friend on her phone and was intoxicated at the time when she was punched in the face.
She was able to keep hold of her phone and ran away.
A third incident took place at 9.55pm on Monday, June 10. A woman was walking along Civic Drive while she was on the phone to a friend.
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Three or four males approached the woman and then one punched her to the face, taking her phone.
One of the males was described as being in his late teens or early 20s, was of a slim build and was wearing dark clothing.
He spoke with an eastern European accent.
A spokesman for Suffolk police said that they were keeping an open mind as to whether the incidents were linked and that enquiries were ongoing.
"Criminals committing robbery will usually target lone victims with a valuable item, such as a phone, clearly visible," said the spokesman.
Police have also issued advice about staying safe at night including avoiding using your phone whilst out and trying to make calls before you leave your location.
They also reiterated warnings to walk with other people where possible and to walk in busy areas.
Anyone with information about the incident or who saw any suspicious activity in relation to the incidents should contact Ipswich CID quoting the relevant crime number 37/33306/19 - 10 June incident; 37/32911/19 - 09 June or 37/32857/19 for 8 June incident or phone police on 101.