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Spate of handbag thefts in central Newbury prompts police warning

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The incidents occurred on November 9 and 10 in Cheap Street, Bridge Street and Market Place and resulted in purses and mobile phones being stolen.
Thames Valley Police has issued the following advice to residents to help protect their belongings when in Newbury town centre.
- Carry your bag close to you with the clasp facing inwards. Keep it zipped up and make sure your wallet or purse can’t be seen.
- Don’t carry large amounts of cash.
- In public places, such as a bars and restaurants don’t hang your bag on the back of your seat where you can’t see it.
- Don’t leave your phone on tables in pubs and restaurants and try not to use it in a crowded place.
- Register your phone with your network operator so they can block calls if your phone is stolen and register your phone on the free property database www.immobilise.com
Anyone with information on these incidents, or if you notice anyone acting in a suspicious manner, should call the 24-hour non-emergency police hotline 101.

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