Police warning over spate of purse thefts in Leicester

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Police in Leicester are warning people to keep their purses secure after a spate of thefts.

Over the past two weeks, five women aged between 69 and 88 have had their purses stolen while out in the city centre.

Bags, a mobile phone, bank cards and some cash have been taken in the thefts.

Police have urged people to keep their bags zipped up while out and about and not to leave them unattended.

Pc Al Cook from Leicestershire Police said: "Purse bells are a really good way of keeping track of your bags and purses and will alert you to anyone who may attempt to steal them.

"They also act as a reminder to keep your purse out of sight of any potential thieves."

Anyone with information about the thefts is asked to contact police.

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