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Image released after distraction phone theft at city centre restaurant

Police investigating a phone theft have released an image of two people they’d like to speak to.

A woman was eating at a restaurant in Angel Row, Nottingham city centre, when she was approached by two men.

After walking over to her and asking for money, the men placed a menu over the woman’s phone which was on the table.

They then took the phone without her realising what had happened during the incident at around 3:30 pm on 12 September 2022.

An attempt was then made to sell the woman’s phone at a phone shop later that day.

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Sergeant Dan Buckle, of Nottinghamshire Police, said:

“This was a pre-planned distraction theft on an unsuspecting victim who only realised what had happened when it was too late.

“We would like to speak to both the men in this picture as we believe they may be able to assist our investigation.

“If anyone recognises them, we’d ask that they get in touch with us immediately via 101, quoting incident 547 of 12 September 2022, or by calling Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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