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Jewellery thieves snatch necklace from woman's neck in Leicester street

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Police are appealing for information after a woman had her necklace pulled from around her neck.

It is one of a series of similar incidents in which men and women have been targeted for their jewellery.

The 25-year-old woman was targeted at about 4.15pm on Friday, September 28, in Canon Street, Belgrave, Leicester, near to the junction with Melton Road.

A man approached the victim, pulled her yellow gold chain from her neck and pushed her to the ground.

The suspect then ran away towards Portman Road.

Appealing for witnesses yesterday, Detective Constable Peter Bown, the investigating officer, said: "Thankfully the victim was not hurt, but she was shaken and upset.

"It would have still been light when the robbery occurred, so I am hopeful witnesses will have seen what happened.

"If you think you know the suspect, or witnessed the offence, please call us immediately, it isn't too late to help."

Police this week said they were stepping up patrols in the Belgrave area to coincide with the festivals of Navratri and Diwali, both of which are expected to attract tens of thousands of visitors to the area.

Officers have urged people to, where possible, store expensive items of jewellery in bank or securely at home and only to wear it out when necessary.

Det Con Brown said: "If you wear jewellery out and about, or carry anything of value, we would always suggest you try to keep it concealed from potential thieves."

The suspect is black, slim, about 6ft 3ins, with a narrow or pointed shaped face.

He was clean shaven with a clear complexion, and had black untidy hair which could be seen under his hood.

He was wearing a light grey hooded tracksuit top with a zip down the front.

The Mercury reported earlier this week two friends, women aged 40 and 42, had gold jewellery snatched from them as they walked in Sutton Avenue, Rushey Mead, Leicester, on Saturday, October 13.

The women, who were targeted as they walked to a shop with their children at 9.30pm, were not injured.

Two men on bikes threatened them before taking a necklace, bracelet, ring and a watch.

Anyone with any information about the Belgrave incident is asked to contact Det Con Bown on 101.

To report information about the Rushey Mead incident, call Detective Constable Amanda Thwaites on 101, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Jewellery thieves snatch necklace from woman's neck in Leicester street


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