Police release CCTV images after phone snatcher targets teenage girl

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POLICE have released CCTV images of a man want to speak to after a teenage girl had her phone snatched on a Metro.

The 17-year-old was travelling towards South Hytlon with her sister when a man approached the pair and snatched the victim’s phone.

The incident happened when the train arrived at Pallion station at about 4.10pm on Monday October 22.

Pc Mark Bradwell, of British Transport Police’s Metro Unit, said: “The man, who boarded the service at University Metro station, alongside a woman, then ran out of the train as it reached Pallion station.

“The train was fairly busy at the time, so I’m sure someone would have seen the incident, or the man running off .”

Police appealed for information earlier this week have followed several lines of enquiry into the incident.

Officers have now identified a man they would like to speak to, as they believe he can assist them with their investigation.

Pc Bradwell added: “I would encourage anyone who knows the man in the pictures, or his whereabouts, to get in touch.”

Anyone with information should contact British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference number B9/NEA of 29/10/2012.

Alternatively they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

British Transport Police advice on protecting your valuables while using public transport:

•Carry wallets, mobiles and other small valuables in a secure inside pocket

•Keep your mobile out of sight when not in use and set it to vibrate to avoid attracting attention. When using your mobile in public always be aware of your surroundings

•Make a note of your mobile’s unique IMEI number. To access it type *#06# into your mobile and note the number. This will assist your service provider in blocking its •use should your phone be lost or stolen.

•Carry your handbag in a secure position in front of your body. Keep all fasteners closed and ensure they are facing towards your body.

•When on stations look for CCTV cameras and try to stay within view