TWO pensioners who had their purses snatched while shopping in the city centre are backing a campaign to prevent others becoming victims.
Jean Parkinson was in Card Factory, on Westgate, when her purse was stolen.
A woman also attempted to take 72-year-old Eunice Johnston’s purse, but she was caught.
Two undercover police officers were on patrol nearby and arrested two suspects.
Mrs Parkinson, 76, of Wrenthorpe, said: “You feel such an idiot. You think you are streetwise and then this happens.”
The incident happened at around 11am on Wednesday, December 5. A 56-year-old man and 33-year-old woman were arrested and given police cautions.
This week Act Sgt Steve Sayles and PC David Pickering of Wakefield Central neighbourhood police team gave the women special anti-theft bells.
Police have given out 1,500 bells and women can collect them from Wood Street police station.