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VIDEO: A month until Christmas. The pickpockets are ready - are you?

It's a month until Christmas and thoughts will be turning to picking out the perfect presents - but shoppers beware.

Pickpockets and bag snatchers will be joining in with the Christmas rush as people flock to the shops.

Sarah Saunders has been taking a look at CCTV released by police to highlight what we need to look out for.

Don't let pickpockets ruin your Christmas

They're making very rich pickings - at our cost. As the Christmas shopping spree reaches fever pitch, pickpockets are out in forces taking advantage of crowded high streets and shopping centres to help themselves to our hard-earned cash. So how can you prevent them ruining your Christmas? Well as Callum Watkinson reports, police have now released a video highlighting what we need to watch out for.


Prolific tube pickpocket jailed

A pickpocket has been jailed following several thefts on trains Credit: British Transport Police

A pickpocket has been jailed for six months after stealing £120 from an Essex woman's purse.

Luis Cueva-Mostacero, who is 41-years-old, was jailed on Wednesday, August 7 after pleading guilty to theft.

He committed the offence around 1.15pm on Saturday, April 27 onboard a Bakerloo line train.

The 51-year-old victim from Billericay was aware that Luis was standing behind her.

During the journey, the bag was trapped behind the victim, allowing the thief to dip in and remove her purse before leaving the train.

Det Cons Mark Connor said: "Cueva-Mostacero may have thought he’d avoided detection for this offence, but he was wrong. Our officers identified him from CCTV footage and he was arrested in prison while serving a sentence for similar theft offences.”