CCTV released of man after vulnerable woman in Bury St Edmunds has handbag stolen

The CCTV image issued by police following the theft of a vulnerable woman's bag

The CCTV image issued by police following the theft of a vulnerable woman's bag - Credit: Archant

Police have issued a CCTV image of a man they would like to identify after a vulnerable woman had her handbag snatched in Bury St Edmunds.

The incident happened around 11.20am on Saturday, May 23, on a footpath behind the Spring Lane nature reserve.

The woman was on a mobility scooter when was approached from behind by a man who stole her handbag out of her front basket.

The man then ran off towards Beetons Way.

A male member of the public on a bicycle chased the offender after witnessing the incident.

He retrieved the bag where it was found that a mobile phone and cash were missing.

The offender is described as white, of slim build, aged in his early 20s, and wearing a blue amd grey hooded top with ‘light blue and dark blue patched’ jeans.

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Anyone who recognises the man, or has any information relating to the crime, should contact police on 101, quoting BU/15/1602, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.