Crime

Police warning after women are punched during spate of mobile phone thefts

Police are warning people to be vigilant when using mobile phones after three incidents where they were stolen in Ipswich.

The first incident happened on Saturday, June 8th, just after 4pm, when a lone female was pushed to the ground and had her phone snatched as she walked close to the river along Ranelagh Road. The suspects were described as two white males, who ran off towards the train station after stealing the phone.

The second incident happened in the early hours of Sunday, June 9th. An attempt was made to snatch a mobile phone from a lone female as she walked along Princes Street towards the train station. The female, who had been on the phone to a friend at the time, was punched to the face but was able to retain her phone and run away. The suspects were described as a group of young males.

The third incident took place at 9.55pm on Monday, June 10th. A lone female was walking along Civic Drive, on the phone to a friend. She was approached by a group of three or four males, one of whom punched her to the face and snatched her phone.

"Enquiries are on-going and officers are keeping an open mind as to if these incidents are linked," said spokesman for Suffolk police. "Criminals committing robbery will usually target lone victims with a valuable item, such as a phone, clearly visible."

Police have advised people to walk in busy areas where there are lots of people and avoid shortcuts through alleyways, towpaths and parks, especially at night.

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