CCTV APPEAL: Elderly woman has hundreds of pounds stolen from account

Police would like to speak to this man in connection with the incident.
Police would like to speak to this man in connection with the incident.
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Police are appealing for information after an elderly woman had hundreds of pounds stolen from her bank account.

The incident happened between 12.30pm and 1.00pm on Tuesday, March 7 when an 84 year old woman used a cash machine inside Barclays Bank on Manchester Road, Nelson. She was spotted by a man and woman who pretended to stand in the queue while the man observed her entering her PIN number, say police.

Police would like to speak to this man in connection with the incident.

Police would like to speak to this man in connection with the incident.

They then followed the woman to Age UK on Market Street where the victim realised that her purse had been stolen. Moments later the man is thought to have gone back into the bank and used the card to withdraw around £700 in cash.

PC Leah Crabtree of Nelson Police said: “This was a callous theft from an elderly victim and we are keen to speak to the man and woman pictured in the CCTV images in connection with our enquiries. If anyone recognises them or has any information that could help to identify them I would urge them to get in touch with us.”

Anyone with information can contact Lancashire Police on 101 quoting log 549 of March 7.

Alternatively the independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.