Did you see someone acting suspiciously at time of Stapleford bag snatch?

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Police believe a man who stole a woman’s handbag in Stapleford last month may have chosen the location because it is used by shoppers to park their cars before catching a bus into Nottingham.

The incident happened on 21 March at around 7.45pm, moments after the victim had just disembarked from the i4 bus in Derby Road at around 7.45pm on Saturday 21 March.

She then walked through an alley leading to Marshall Drive and back to where her car was parked.

As she walked through the alleyway a man ran past her, grabbing her handbag, containing cash, cards and a mobile phone, and making off from the scene. The victim was uninjured but left shaken by the incident.

The offender is described as white and aged around 20 years old. He was wearing a black hooded rain coat, a black peaked hat and dark bottoms or trousers.

Police believe the man may have been in the area for some time, knowing that the area was popular with people travelling into the city, and they are keen to hear from local residents who may have seen someone acting suspiciously in the area prior to the time of the offence.

However, he may also have travelled on the same bus as his victim.

If anyone has any information, please telephone Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 770 of 21 March.

That was the date of the England v France Six Nations Rugby match, which had finished shortly before the offence took place, should that help to recall that evening’s events.

Alternatively, please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.