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Images releases after elderly woman’s purse stolen in charity shop

Police have released images of two men they would like to speak to in connection with the distraction theft of an elderly woman’s purse while she was in a charity shop.

It was stolen from a backpack she was wearing whilst she was looking at clothes inside the Mind shop in Mansfield Road, Sherwood.

She was distracted by a man who was standing in her way and who said ‘sorry’ to her before another man unzipped her bag and took her purse which contained £20 and bank cards.

The victim was left shaken and distressed following the incident which has also affected her confidence when leaving her house as she believes it may happen again.

Lines of inquiry are ongoing into the theft, which happened shortly after 3 p.m. on 30 August 2023, and police are now hoping to trace two men who they believe could assist them with their inquiries.

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One of them is described as being of large build, with dark hair and a short dark beard. He was wearing glasses, a cream gilet coat, and a shirt underneath.

The second man is described as being Asian, of slim build, with dark hair. He was wearing a black top, black tracksuit top, and a white and red baseball cap.

Police Constable India Proud, of Nottinghamshire Police, said:

“We are determined to get justice for the victim in this case who has been left truly devastated by what happened.

“While we acknowledge the CCTV images aren’t of the best quality, I am urging anyone who recognises these men to please come forward and get in touch with us.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 386 of 30 August, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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