Warning after purses stolen in Seaford

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Police in Seaford are warning women to be on their guard after receiving reports of two incidents in which purses were stolen.

Both occurred on Monday (March 2).

The first was between 11am and noon when a purse was removed from an elderly woman’s shopping trolley while she was shopping in Morrison’s supermarket, police said.

The second theft took place in the Cancer Research shop in Broad Street between 3.30pm and 4.30pm when a purse was stolen from a child’s buggy, police said.

Police said it is not clear if the thefts were linked.

In the second incident a woman was seen acting suspiciously, police said.

She was described as being medium build, 5’2”, with black shoulder length hair. She was wearing a big coat and a beige beany hat.

Police said it may be she had nothing to do with the thefts but would like to talk to her.

Sergeant Stuart Mullins, of the Seaford neighbourhood policing team, said: “It may be she had nothing to do with either theft, but we would like to talk to her or anyone who may recognise her in order to eliminate her from our enquiries.

“Meanwhile, I’d ask people to be vigilant and to take care to safeguard personal possessions - never leaving bags unattended and making sure they are properly fastened.”

Anyone with information about either theft is asked to email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or phone 101, quoting serial 600 of 2/3 in respect of the first incident or 1042 of 2/3 concerning the second.

Alternatively they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.