Pickpocket targets the vulnerable in Waterlooville clothes shop

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A HANDBAG was snatched from a woman as she walked round a clothes shop.

The 58-year-old victim, who had her handbag stored in a walking aid, was approached by a young woman in Peacocks, London Road, Waterlooville.

The offender, who was aged in her 20s and spoke with a foreign accent, kept asking the victim questions about the prices of clothes before walking away.

A short time later the woman, from Waterlooville, realised her handbag had gone. It contained £17 in cash and a black Sony Ericsson mobile phone.

PC Chris Young, from Waterlooville police, said: ‘We would warn local residents that this sort of distraction technique is being used by criminals against vulnerable and elderly people. This particular type of crime is more prominent during the run up to Christmas.’

The theft happened at about 10am on September 28.

The offender was described as about 5ft 2in tall, of slim build, mixed race and had blonde hair. Call police on 101.