West Midlands Police inform me that –
“It is with regret that I have to report that an elderly member of our community was the victim of pick pocketing in Wednesfield High Street whilst going about her daily business, whilst being distracted, she had her purse taken which contained a substantial amount of money, fortunately there was no physical harm.”
The police statement urged “As and when we can, can we all try and accompany people, to cash points especially of the older generation who seem to be targeted by these criminals, and maybe even spend an hour or so out shopping with them.
On this occasion the offenders were described as being of an Eastern European background, the male being tall and slim wearing dark clothing and the female was also quite tall with light purple hair and draping a cardigan over her arm.
The usual Modus Operandi (method) of these criminals is to watch potential victims going to a cash points, then follow their targets into shops, where they wait for the right opportunity to strike, they often make out they are trying to help the victim, but in reality they are just setting them up for distraction.”
Councillor Phil Bateman said. This is an important message, please if you may have seen these people out and about in Wednesfield please telephone the Police. Also if you can ensure that your friends and family have some company when using the cash machines.