A 17-year-old female had her handbag snatched as she walked along Lady Margaret's Avenue at 11.20pm on Thursday night. Two males approached her. One grabbed at her handbag, and after a brief struggle managed to snatch it.
He was wearing a white hooded top with dark stripes down the sleeves. He is thought to be in his mid teens, slim and about 5'5" tall.
The second male appeared to be taller and was also slim with dark clothing.
Both ran off down Beaufort Avenue.
The stolen handbag was found the following day on Black Prince Avenue, less bank cards and money.
Detective Sergeant Helen Evans said:
I am appealing for witnesses who may have seen similar described persons acting suspiciously in the Deepings area earlier in the evening.Anyone with information should contact DS Evans directly on 01522 558798 entering her collar number 0215 when prompted.
The handbag was returned to the female by a very kind member of the public and I am also appealing for this person to get in contact with me as you may be able to tell me more about where you found the bag.
Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, quoting incident number 435 of 16th November.
Conservative Leader Dave 'Sunshine' Cameron thinks we should all 'hug-a-hoodie'. And last week, he urged us all to 'love-a-lout'.
The man who wants to lead our country wants society to show a lot more love to young criminals.
As a father of two daughters, I'm sure I'm not on my own in wanting these thugs caught quickly and taken off the streets.
In my view, giving criminals a hug and showing a bit more love, as Cameron suggests, is entirely the wrong approach to crime.
We should never forget who are the victims and who are the criminals.