Spate of bag snatches in North Somerset village

PUBLISHED: 10:00 27 October 2015

The body has not yet been identified.

The body has not yet been identified.


THE people of a North Somerset village have been warned to look out for anything suspicious and take care of their valuables after two similar bag snatches were reported in the area.

After a handbag containing money intended for an air ambulance charity was taken on Sandford Road, in Winscombe last week by a man on a mountain bike, another was snatched from a parked car in Winscombe cemetery.

The first incident took place on Thursday October 8 at 8.15am and police are still searching for a suspect they believe is around 5ft 6 with a cropped beard.

He was riding a black mountain bike.

A police spokesman said: “We are keen to hear from anyone who was in the Sandford Road area in Winscombe around the time of the incident, who may have seen the man on the bike.”

Subsequently, the Winscombe and Sandford community website reported that an elderly lady parked at the cemetery to place some flowers, leaving her handbag under the passenger seat of her vehicle.

Police confirmed a vehicle had been entered unlawfully between the hours of midnight and 5am on Tuesday October 20.

The lady allegedly returned to find the car window had been smashed and the handbag taken from underneath the seat.

Police are investigating both incidents and are advising residents to be on their guard.

Anyone with any information about who may have been involved, particularly in the first incident, is advised to contact the police 101, quoting reference number 5215014429.

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