Warning over theft gang targeting OAPs

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Police have issued a warning about a purse and bank card theft scam after a number of elderly women have been targeted across Wyre, the Fylde and Blackpool.

A number of incidents have been reported to police after women were distracted whilst doing their shopping and had their purses stolen.

In most cases, the thieves have used victims’ bank cards to withdraw cash with one lady from Lancaster having almost £4,500 fraudulently taken from her bank account.

Sergeant Neil Smith from Blackpool Police said: “These are despicable crimes targeting vulnerable and elderly victims.

“These offences are being committed by a well organised group of individuals, possibly originating from Eastern Europe, prepared to travel across the area.

“We are determined to find those responsible for stealing from these people.”

Anyone with any information can contact police on 101.