Man arrested in connection with two handbag snatchings in Worksop

Detectives have arrested a man in connection with two incidents where women had their handbags forcibly pulled and snatched away from them in Worksop.

By Alana Roberts
Sunday, 7th February 2021, 1:02 pm
Updated Sunday, 7th February 2021, 1:06 pm

Officers from Nottinghamshire Police received a report that a woman had her handbag grabbed from her wrist while she was putting shopping in the boot of her vehicle at a supermarket in Gateford Road on Friday, January 5.

A good Samaritan who saw what happened chased the suspect and returned with the handbag, which was intact, shortly after 6.25pm.

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Police have arrested a man in connection with the handbag snatchings in Worksop

The second incident happened in the Potter Street area at around 3pm yesterday, February 6, where a woman was walking back from shopping when she was approached from behind and had her bag snatched from her.

Detective Sergeant Gary Hewson, said: "We had immediately linked these incidents and had been carrying out lots of enquiries in relation to CCTV, witness accounts and forensics. This resulted in an arrest at around 11.45pm yesterday.

"It is completely unacceptable to target someone as they carry out their shopping and forcibly steal from them. The women have been left shaken by what happened; one of them had to attend hospital and be treated for a wrist injury.

"We take these incidents extremely seriously. We work hard to investigate them, bring offenders to justice and aim to make the streets of Nottinghamshire as safe as they can be."

Officers are particularly keen to speak to the good Samaritan who hasn't yet come forward.

Anyone with information should call Nottinghamshire Police on 101 and quote incident 438 of February 6.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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