Avon and Somerset Police are appealing for help following a bag theft in Bridgwater town centre.

It happened between 11-11.30am on 16 November.

The victim – a woman in her 80s – had gone into the town to do some shopping. She withdrew some cash from the bank which she put in her handbag.

She then went to Bastins, where she was approached by a woman, who asked for her help to read a message on a card.

The victim went to pay for goods she had bought and then noticed her bag was missing and reported this to her bank, who confirmed that a cash withdrawal had been made.

The police are appealing for anyone who might have been in or near to Bastins at the time of the incident, who may have seen anything which may help their enquiries.

The victim uses a walking frame to help her get about.

They believe the three people pictured may have been in the area at the time who may be able to assist them with their enquiries.

They would like them, or anyone recognising them to contact the police.

The police would remind people who are shopping to ensure that any wallets or purses are secure and out of sight.

Remain vigilant and ensure you are not being watched during cash transactions. Ensure if you make a payment by debit or credit card that you cover the keypad so that your PiN number cannot be seen.

If you can help, please call 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5219265447

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