Warning as women targeted in Harrogate

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Thieves have targeted two more women in Harrogate this week, snatching their handbags as they walked through the town.

The two new reports come just days after an elderly woman and a young mother were targeted in Harrogate, bringing the total number targeted to four people in eight days.

“Although the victims in these incidents have not been threatened or hurt, the experience has naturally left them very shaken up,” said Det Con Claire Brown of Harrogate CID. “It’s vital that we catch whoever is responsible and I urge anyone who may have information that could help our investigations to get in touch.”

The two new reports happened on Thursday, December 18, at around 12.15pm and 7.20pm. In the first, a woman was walking along Regent Parade towards Westmoreland Street when a man cycled up behind her and snatched her bag before cycling off towards Myrtle Square.

The bag is described as a bright blue Cath Kidston hand bag with pink roses on it and small handles. It contained a red Cath Kidston purse with white dots on it. The suspect in this incident is described as wearing dark clothing including a top with the hood up and was riding a black bike.

The second incident, later that evening, saw a woman targeted as she walked along a footpath between Trinity Road and the Prince of Wales roundabout.

This time, say police, a man walking towards her tried to take her bag. The woman struggled and tried to keep hold of it, but the handle broke and the man ran off with her handbag. The bag is described as black leather with a black and tan leopard print design on one side. It contained personal items including a black Lulu Guiness purse with a quilted lips logo.

The suspect in this incident is described as aged in his 20s, around 6ft 2 in tall, he was wearing a dark coloured jacket and jeans.

These new reports came days after two further incidents near Harrogate Stray.

At around 12.25pm on Thursday, December 11, a woman in her 80s was targeted on Tewit Well Road by a man on bike.

And in a similar incident on Saturday, December 13, a 28-year-old woman had her handbag pulled from her arm by a man on a bike as she walked along The Stray footpath near to the junction of Beech Grove.

Police say while the cannot link the incidents at this stage, there are similarities.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101.