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Police Officers Issue Warning Following Handbag Thefts

Police Officers Issue Warning Following Handbag Thefts

Police officers in Northamptonshire are issuing a warning to people across the county about a recent spate of handbag and purse thefts.

The incidents have taken place in Northampton, Kettering and Corby and have happened mostly in supermarkets with the criminals mainly targeting elderly women.

Paul Golley, Crime Prevention Team Leader, said: "It takes a real low-life to follow elderly people around a supermarket, waiting for the right moment to steal their handbag or purse. More »

"Unfortunately these people do exist and they often use distraction techniques to get what they want. This can involve bumping into victims - something that causes them to be flustered and unaware someone has stolen from them. Or it can involve working in pairs with one person distracting the victim while the other steals from them.

"It's worth making sure you read the tips below in order to best prevent yourself from becoming a victim and making sure any elderly people in your life are aware of these tips as well."

Beware of pickpockets.

Attach a bell to your handbag so you can hear if it is moved.

Never hang your handbag on pushchairs or shopping trolleys.

Keep your bag firmly closed and on your person at all times.

Wear shoulder bags with the flap against your body.

Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.

Only keep items in your bag that you need for that occasion.

Remember thieves can use cards to make contactless purchases.

Do not store your pin number in your handbag or purse.

If your purse is stolen, report the loss of your cards immediately to the card issuers.

Protect your pin when withdrawing cash from an ATM.

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Posted: Thu, 08 Nov 2018 15:17 by Deborah Rush

Cogenhoe Burgalry Shed

Cogenhoe Burgalry Shed

Northamptonshire Police are appealing for information regarding burglary in a shed on Brafield Road, Cogenhoe.

During times below unknown persons have gained entry into an insecure shed and removed various items.

This happened between 8pm on Saturday 3rd and 1.30pm on Sunday 4th November 2018.

Did you witness anything?

Did you see any person(s) in the area that looked suspicious?

Did you see any vehicle(s) that you were suspicious of? More »

If so, then please contact Northamptonshire Police on 101 quoting ref 18000532129.

To report a crime or incident, provide information or for advice, call 101 or visit

To contact your Neighbourhood Team covering Towcester and surrounding villages they can be contacted on the following email:

You can also provide confidential information should you wish to remain anonymous. These calls can be made to the Independent Charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit

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Stephanie Bacon (Police, Community Support Officer, Daventry & South Northants) » Less

Posted: Tue, 06 Nov 2018 14:18 by Deborah Rush

Consultation opens on name for new council to serve west Northamptonshire

Consultation opens on name for new council to serve west Northamptonshire

People across the west of Northamptonshire are from today being asked what they think the proposed new unitary council should be called.

The decision on whether or not to go ahead with the new council is a decision for the Government and Parliament, but members of the public are being asked what it should be called to help inform that decision.A public consultation started today, Wednesday, 31 October and ends Monday, 3 December 2018.Proposals put to the Government are for a single council to deliver public services in South Northamptonshire, Daventry and Northampton.For more information and to make a suggestion online, visit, or send a suggestion by post to: Council Name Consultation, The Forum, Moat Lane, Towcester, NN12 6AD.END

Posted: Thu, 01 Nov 2018 15:01 by Deborah Rush

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