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Tunbridge Wells: Spate of purse thefts at Royal Victoria Place

By David Gazet

Police have issued a warning to shoppers after purse snatchers targeted three women at a Tunbridge Wells shopping centre.

The incidents happened on Saturday, April 1 between 11am and 1pm at Royal Victoria Place in Victoria Street.

One victim, aged 60, was leaving the shopping centre when she noticed a zip to her bag had been opened and her purse missing. Another shopper told police her purse was stolen as she shopped in Marks and Spencer.

Royal Victoria Place
Royal Victoria Place

Sergeant Andy Miller said: "Unfortunately, Tunbridge Wells is not immune to being targeted by opportunist thieves. Handbags should always be zipped up or fastened shut and kept to the front of you where they can be seen.

"Anything containing valuables should never be left unattended on top of a pram, shopping trolley, wheelchair or mobility scooter. We would also like to remind people that by using a purse chain or lanyard it is also possible to prevent purse dipping incidents such as these."

Members of the public can collect free purse chains by visiting their nearest police station or contacting their local community support officer.

Anyone with information on the above crimes should contact Kent Police on 01622 604100, quoting reference numbers YY/8350/17, YY/8308/17 and YY/8471/17. Alternatively call Kent Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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