CCTV released after thieves steal woman’s handbag from Leeds station pub

Police would like to identify these two women
Police would like to identify these two women

British Transport Police (BTP) officers are appealing for information after a woman had her handbag stolen from a table inside a pub at Leeds station.

Investigators have today released CCTV images of two women they would like to speak to in connection with the incident, which took place just after 2pm on Tuesday September 8, in Wetherspoons on the north concourse of the station.

PC Ian Connor the investigating officer, said: “The victim entered the pub and placed her handbag and other bags on a table when she sat down. She moved to take a phone call and picked up her bags but unknowingly left her handbag behind.

“Two women entered the pub and sat down at the same table, after looking around for a short while and acting suspiciously one of the women placed her coat over the bag. A short while later both women left taking the bag with them.

Officers have conducted several lines of enquiry including viewing CCTV at the station and speaking to witnesses and are now urging anyone who recognises the women pictured to come forward.

PC Connor added: “This crime was purely opportunistic and the majority of offenders will target anyone whose belongings are not protected as well as they could be. Valuables should be kept well concealed and bags and pockets zipped up or closed at all times.”

Guidance for passengers to help keep their belongings safe whilst travelling on the rail network.

• Keep purses secure and carry wallets in an inside pocket.

• Zip up hand and shoulder bags.

• Carry bags in front of you with flaps against your body.

• Keep straps short and bags tucked under your arm.

• Don’t display jewellery.

• Don’t show your money — keep it safely in your pocket.

Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 quoting background reference PSUB/B6 of 22/10/2015. Information can also be passed to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.