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CCTV footage released as part of purse dipping appeal – Watford

18 May 2021
  • Police investigating a purse dipping in Watford have released CCTV footage as part of their enquiries.

  • It happened in the Atria shopping centre, where the victim had her purse and mobile phone stolen from her bag.

  • Officers are appealing for information about the man in the footage as they would like to speak to him as part of their enquiries.

Officers investigating a purse dipping in Watford have released CCTV footage of the incident as part of their enquiries.

It happened in the Atria shopping centre on Tuesday 13 April, when the victim – a woman – was shopping in H&M.

When she reached the till to pay for her items, she realised her purse and mobile phone had been removed from her backpack.

You can view the footage on the Hertfordshire Constabulary YouTube channel (opens in a new window).

PC Becky Clark, who is investigating, said: “We have taken the decision to release this footage – after being given permission by both H&M and the victim – as part of our investigation.

“We are also keen to identify the person shown in the footage because we would like to speak to them in connection with this offence, as we believe they have vital information. If you think you know who the person is, please get in touch with us as soon as possible.

“We are working closely with the team at Atria to address this type of crime and in addition, we regularly run plain-clothes operations in the town centre specifically targeting purse-dippers.”

If you know the person in the footage, or you have any further information you believe could assist the investigation, you can email PC Clark, use online web chat at herts.police.uk/contact, report information online at herts.police.uk/report or call the non-emergency number 101.

Crime prevention advice on the subject of pickpocketing and purse dipping can be found on the Hertfordshire Constabulary website.

You can use our community voice platform ‘echo’ to let us know what you think we should be prioritising in your area. Your feedback will help towards shaping our local policing priorities, initiatives and campaigns. Visit Watford echo (opens in a new window) and tell us what you think.

Please don’t use echo to report an ongoing crime or incident. Remember: if you believe a crime is in progress or someone is in danger, always dial 999.

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