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Pickpockets steal elderly woman's purse

Police release CCTV images in Winchester Credit: Hampshire Police

Do you now who the women are in these CCTV images?

Detectives in Winchester want to speak to them about an incident where an elderly woman had her purse stolen. The incident happened shortly before midday on June 27 this year in the Poundland shop in Middle Brook Street, Winchester. The woman's purse contained £30 in cash, bank cards and a photo of her husband.

The women have also been seen on CCTV approaching other elderly women and attempting to steal their purses, but without success.

Detectives appeal for information Credit: Hampshire Police

The first woman is described as white, aged in her early 20s, and about 5ft 5ins tall. She was of a chunky build and had straight long black hair. She had an olive complexion and is described as maybe of Eastern European origin.

The second woman is described as white, aged in her late 40s to early 50s, between 5ft 8ins - 10ins tall and of proportionate build. She had fair to blonde long hair and was wearing glasses.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Det Con Brown at North Walls Police Station on 101 or call the charity Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111, where information can be left anonymously.

"These two women were actively targeting elderly women and made several attempts to steal from people shopping in the city. If you know who they are, please contact me as soon as possible. I would also like to advise people to ensure their purses are kept in closed handbags. It seems that one woman tried to distract the victim and the other stole the purse, so I would remind people to be aware of unknown people who may approach you while out shopping."

– Detective Constable Steve Brown

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