CCTV images after pensioner’s purse stolen from Leeds station

Police would like to speak to this woman in connection with the theft.

Police would like to speak to this woman in connection with the theft.

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British Transport Police officers are appealing for help to identify a woman they would like to speak to in connection with the theft of a purse belonging to a pensioner from Leeds railway station.

Officers believe the woman in this photograph will have information which can assist the investigation into the incident which took place at around 11.50am on Sunday July 27.

PC John Severns, investigating officer, said: “The victim, a 69-year-old lady from St Neots in Cambridgeshire, was walking down platform 11c when her leather purse, which contained a three-figure sum of money and a number of cards, fell from the top of the suitcase she was pulling.

“It is believed a woman close by picked it up and appears to look around before placing it in her own bag.

“A short while later the victim realised she had dropped it and began looking around the platform and asking other passengers if they had seen the purse. The woman who had been seen to pick up the purse was still in the area but didn’t identify herself or return the item. She then boarded the 12.08 Leeds to Blackpool service.

“The purse hasn’t been handed in since and we are now releasing this image in the hope that someone may recognise the woman, who we believe will have key information about this incident. If you know her please contact us.”

Anyone with information is asked to call British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 405040 or text 61016. Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

In all calls, please quote incident reference PSUB/B7 of 1/8/14