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Man arrested after women's handbags stolen in north Belfast

Police have appealed for information
Police have appealed for information

A 35-year-old man has been arrested after two incidents in which women had their handbags stolen in north Belfast on Sunday, June 16.

The first incident took place in the Shore Road area around 11.15am.

A man snatched a handbag from a woman as she waited at a bus stop in the area. A member of the public gave chase and managed to recover the handbag and its contents.

The second incident was reported around half an hour later, further along the Shore Road near Mount Vernon, when again, a woman who was waiting at a bus stop had her bag snatched.

This time the man made off on foot with the bag into Mount Vernon estate.

The 35-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of two counts of robbery and remains in custody assisting police with their enquiries.

Sergeant Bethel said both woman had been left "badly shaken" by the incidents.

"I am appealing to anyone with information to contact police. The man was described as being aged in his 30’s, with a shaven head and was wearing a grey hooded Adidas top and jeans," he said.

If you saw a man matching this description or have any information which could assist with our enquiries please call officers at Musgrave on 101 quoting reference number 794 16/06/19.

"Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.

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