Belfast Telegraph

Monday 26 January 2015

Bag snatcher caught by public in Belfast

Despite police investigations into arson attacks, many times the culprits aren't caught
He was held by passersby until police arrested him.

Members of the public caught a suspected bag snatcher in Belfast city centre on Saturday after an elderly woman had her handbag stolen.

At around 2pm on Saturday a man pushed the woman to the ground and stole her handbag in the Upper Queen Street area of the city.

Bystanders chased the man and held him until police arrived a short time later and arrested him.

The 22-year-old was held on suspicion of robbery and assault and remains in custody.

The woman, who is in her 80s, was taken to hospital to be treated for a fractured shoulder.

Police thanked the members of the public for their assistance and appealed for anyone with information on the incident to contact them at Musgrave Street on the non-emergency number 101.

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