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Woman charged over Edinburgh pickpocketing

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A woman has been charged by police in connection with three pickpocketing incidents in Edinburgh.

The incidents happened between Saturday 2 December and Friday 8 December in Princes Street.

The 37-year-old appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Wednesday and was remanded in custody.

Police Scotland issued a warning to keep wallets and purses in zipped pockets and to ensure bags are tucked under your arm.

Insp Bob Innes, of Police Scotland, said: "Christmas is an exciting time to be in Edinburgh, however it is important to be aware that there are some in the city who will target vulnerable people, especially visitors and those who are enjoying the festive activities on offer.

"Pickpocketing is an issue we take extremely seriously. We have a number of officers out and about in the city centre targeting those who participate in this activity and I ask the public to remain vigilant whilst they are visiting.

"There are steps the public can take in order to protect their property when out and about during the festive period.

"Keep your purse secure and carry wallets in an inside pocket, zip up hand and shoulder bags and carry bags in front of you against your body.

"Make sure that the straps on your bag are short and tucked under your arm and try to avoid displaying jewellery. Do not have money visible, keep it safely in your pocket."

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