POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a woman from Clayton-le-Moors had her purse stolen at Accrington Bus Station.
CCTV footage taken on board a bus shows a man who distracts the driver by asking for directions to a nearby health centre while another man, who has a coat draped over his arm, unzips a passengers bag and steals her purse before both leaving the bus.
The 65-year-old woman, who does not wish to be named, was waiting for the number six bus near to the public toilets on Peel Street on Saturday 17 May at around 2pm.
Community Beat Manager Louise Miller said: "The lady has been left very shocked by it. She’s worried about going out now.
"These people have preyed on the vulnerable and elderly. It’s an unpleasant attack and has left the victim very distressed. We want to catch them before they strike again."
A first man was wearing a black hooded Adidas jacket with red detail on the pockets and three white stripes down the arm. The second man is pictured behind her with grey hair.
Police are not ruling out a connection with other similar thefts in Accrington and neighbouring towns.
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