Appeal after theft of purse in Newcastle

02 Mar 2017 14:00 PM

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Police are appealing for information after a theft in Newcastle.

Between 4pm and 4.30pm on wednesday, March 1, an 89-year-old woman was at the cash machine outside M&S on Northumberland Street when she was approached by an unknown female.

As the elderly woman was speaking to the female a man took the woman's purse out of her handbag. The pair then fled the scene with the woman's purse.

A witness reported the theft to police but the offenders had left the area by the time they had arrived on scene.

Enquiries into the incident are ongoing and police are now appealing for any witnesses to get in touch.

The male offender is described as white, around 6ft tall, of slim build and wearing a black knee length coat and blue jeans.

While his female accomplice is described as white, smaller in height, short blonde hair with brown tips and wearing a white coat, white jeans with multi-coloured flowers on.

They were both aged in their 30s and spoke with local accents.

PC Stu Dixon, of the Newcastle City Centre NPT, said: "This incident happened in the middle of the day and we are sure that members of the public would have seen what happened.

"These two offenders carefully chose their victim and targeted an elderly woman because they deemed her to be an easy target.

"We are determined to catch those responsible for this callous crime and would urge anyone who saw the two people matching the description of the offenders to get in touch."

Anyone who witnessed the theft, or has any information that could help police, should contact officers on 101 quoting log 767 1/2/17.