Ringing endorsement for police’s purse-theft bells

RINGING THE CHANGES -- Pc Shaun Radford hands our purse bells in Hucknall town centre Jean Clarke

RINGING THE CHANGES -- Pc Shaun Radford hands our purse bells in Hucknall town centre Jean Clarke

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SHOPPERS gave a ringing endorsement to the idea that tiny bells can help combat purse thieves in Hucknall.

For when police officers hit High Street to hand out dozens of the deterrents, they were lapped up.

The bells, which were given out for free, sound a jingle if a thief tries to grab a bag or purse.

The initiative is a response to a series of thefts in the town centre in the run-up to Christmas, including attacks on 70-year-old Pat Britten and a 69-year-old victim, who lost hundreds of pounds between them.

Hucknall’s police chief, Insp Nick Butler, said: “It was a really great day. We put out a lot of officers and had involvement from community protection officers of Ashfield District Council.

“I’m not going to say it will stop all purse thefts, but it makes life a bit more difficult for the thieves.”

As well as the bells, information packs on keeping people and property safe were handed out.

This was in response to reports of users of cashpoints being watched as they withdrew money.