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HELP OUT: CCTV footage released as part of purse dipping appeal in Watford

 Published on: 18th May 2021   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

Officers investigating a purse dipping in Watford have released CCTV footage of the incident as part of their enquiries.

It happened in the Atria shopping centre on Tuesday April 13, when the victim – a woman – was shopping in H&M.

When she reached the till to pay for her items, she realised her purse and mobile phone had been removed from her backpack.

You can view the footage on the Hertfordshire Constabulary YouTube channel (opens in a new window).

PC Becky Clark, who is investigating, said: “We have taken the decision to release this footage – after being given permission by both H&M and the victim – as part of our investigation.

“We are also keen to identify the person shown in the footage because we would like to speak to them in connection with this offence, as we believe they have vital information. If you think you know who the person is, please get in touch with us as soon as possible.

“We are working closely with the team at Atria to address this type of crime and in addition, we regularly run plain-clothes operations in the town centre specifically targeting purse-dippers.”

If you know the person in the footage, or you have any further information you believe could assist the investigation, you can email PC Clark at, use online web chat at, report information online at or call the non-emergency number 101.

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