Purse dippers at work in town

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POLICE are warning women to be on their guard after four purses were stolen in a week from shoppers in Spalding’s town centre and Holland Market stores.

PC Paul Smith said officers believe gangs from the south are moving up to this area after concerted police operations have driven them out of London.

He advises women to keep their handbags zipped and to pick up free purse bells – which ring when anyone attempts to grab the purse – or purse security chains from Spalding Police Station.