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Pensioner 'very distressed' by purse theft

Police are appealing for information after a 93 year old woman had money stolen from her purse in Blackburn.

She was approached by a woman in the town centre who asked her if she had change for a pound coin.

Whilst the pensioner had her purse open, the thief reached in and took a number of notes before running off.

The thief is described as having a local accent, of medium build, with dark skin, possibly tanned, and looked to be in her 50s and was wearing a dark coat.

“The 93 year old woman has been left very distressed by what has happened and we absolutely need to find the woman responsible before she potentially targets somebody else."

– PC Neil Lowe