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By Tristan Harris Thursday 20 February 2014 Updated: 23/02 23:32
A WOMAN who had her purse snatched in Bromsgrove High Street between 11am and 11.30am on Tuesday (February 18) has warned others to ensure their bags are secure.
The Aston Fields resident, who is in her 70s, was at Lloyds Bank on the High Street and, having just withdrawn £100, she was putting her purse back in her bag when she was distracted by her friend's six-year-old girl.
As she made sure she was okay, she forgot to do the zip up on her bag properly and then, as she had got out of the bank, she noticed her purse, which was pink suede and had a bow on and contained the cash and cards, had gone.
She told The Standard: "I can't believe this has happened - I'm usually really good at making sure my bag is done up properly.
"You never think it will happen to you and I want other people to be aware this has occurred so it doesn't happen to them.
"There were quite a few people milling around outside the bank."
Her friend added: "She usually goes mad at me if I leave my bag open - I'm absolutely gobsmacked."
Luckily, as she was still near the bank, she was able to go back in and cancel all of her cards to prevent further loss.
The police said there were two other incidents - one in Morrisons on February 10 in which a 64-year-old had her purse, which contained £50 in cash and various cards, stolen.
And on February 2 in Asda, Bromsgrove, a woman who noticed her purse had been stolen challenged a man.
He was arrested in connection with the incident.
Following the incidents, police have urged residents to be vigilant when they are out and about to prevent them falling victim to criminals.
They include ensuring all handbags, purses and wallets are secure and kept out of reach - in a zipped up bag or inside coat or jacket pocket.
They also suggest people be aware of who is around them, never leave bags unattended, avoid carrying large amounts of cash and never keep pin numbers with bank cards.
Any witnesses to the incidents or anyone with any information should call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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