A MOTHER’S expensive mobile phone was stolen after she left it on a bench as she and her children boarded a train.
British Transport Police (BTP) has launched an appeal for information after the incident at Sunderland railway station.
The victim, a 24-year-old from the city, was sitting on a seat with her two young children before she boarded the 10.30am Sunderland to Newcastle Northern Rail service on August 7.
Just before the train was due to depart she realised she had left the phone and went to retrieve it, only to discover it had gone.
A passenger on the train said they had seen two teenage girls, believed to have been on their way to East Durham, pick up the mobile.
Pc Nick Cannon, who is investigating the theft, said: “The victim returned sometime later to the station to see if the phone, a Blackberry 9900, which is worth approximately £200, had been handed in.
“We believe the two teenagers may have got off the same train the victim boarded, took the phone then boarded a service headed for Seaham.”
Both girls were about 15 years old.
One had long brown hair and wore a pink top, dark trousers and black and white baseball-style boots.
The other had long dark hair and wore cropped denim-style hot pants, a light-coloured shirt with a black cropped top underneath, and red and white pumps.
BTP can be contacted on 0800 40 50 40.