OAPs back bells after purse thefts

Police hand out bells to attach to hanbags etc to deter thieves. L-R PC David Pickering,Jean Parkinson,Eunice Johnston and Sgt Steve Sayles
Police hand out bells to attach to hanbags etc to deter thieves. L-R PC David Pickering,Jean Parkinson,Eunice Johnston and Sgt Steve Sayles
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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.