Woman cyclist attempts to stop handbag thief

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Police in Bedford are appealing for information after a cyclist had her handbag stolen yesterday evening (Tuesday, December 3).

The woman chased the thief but he managed to escape.

The incident happened between 6.15pm and 6.23pm after the 46-year-old victim had cycled along the Embankment and across Russell Park before getting off her bicycle and leaning it up against a wall.

A man cycled past the victim and snatched her handbag containing cash, a Samsung Galaxy and personal documentation, out of the basket mounted on the front of her bike.

The victim chased after the offender and grabbed his waist, causing him to stumble from his bike at the junction of York Street and Russell Avenue. However the offender managed to regain his balance and fled the scene into Russell Park.

The officer in charge of this investigation, PC Ryan Barnes, of the Local Policing Team, is keen to trace anyone who was in the area and saw the incident.

PC Barnes said: “This area of the town would have been busy with members of the public on their journeys home from work. We also know another person on a silver bike was in the area and may have witnessed the incident. I would urge anyone who has information relating to this crime to come forward and assist with this investigation.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to remind members of the public who are out and about during the dark winter nights to ensure they take extra precautions to keep their property and themselves safe.”

Anyone with information relating to this investigation can contact PC Barnes, in confidence, at Bedfordshire Police on 101, or text information to 07786 200011.

Alternatively, contact the independent crime fighting charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.




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