Handbag snatcher terrifies children

A MOTHER whose two young children were upset during an attempted daylight mugging has urged residents to be careful on the streets of Skegness.

The woman, who did not wish to be named, managed to deter her attacker after a struggle but was angered at the distress caused to her and her family.

She said: “The children were very upset about this ordeal and one of them is aged only three.

“I would like to make readers aware to be careful about their purse and bags as clearly the offender is not bothered about who is about or the distress cause to a young child.

“I am a local girl and I know all about the area and the drug problems.

“My family live on Grosvneor Road and have done for 30 years so I have seen the changes that have happened in that time. This happened to me in front of my two children and I am angry that they offender upset my young children so much.”

The attempted mugging is alleged to have taken place on Easter Monday at 10am near Rasmussens on Dorothy Avenue.

The would-be assailant was described as a young white man aged between 16 and 20, clean shaven and of slim build with thin lips, a small nose and beady eyes, wearing dark trousers and top with a dark hat with lettering on the side.

Following a struggle in which he is accused of attempting to steal the woman’s handbag, he is thought to have run off in the direction of Cecil Avenue.

Lincolnshire Police claim that street crime of this nature is ‘extremely rare’ throughout the county but have issued advice on how to further reduce the risks of becoming a victim of such crimes.

Inspector Phil Baker from the force’s community safety department said: “Avoid carrying large amounts of cash or valuables on your person and make handbags less attractive to the opportunist thief by wearing the strap across your shoulder.

“Consider the use of a bell on purses and bags to alert you if they are interfered with - these are often available free from crime reduction events.

“Don’t put yourself at risk if you find yourself in a confrontational situation and always report suspicious incidents to the police as soon as possible.”