Appeal following distraction theft in Warrington Date published: 10th April 2017 8.57am

Officers have released a CCTV image of two women they would like to speak to following a distraction theft in Warrington town centre.

At approximately 3.45pm on Monday 27 March 2017 the victims, an elderly couple, withdrew a large quantity of cash from Lloyds Bank in Golden Square.

After withdrawing the cash the couple then left the bank to go shopping and were followed by two women.

The women followed the couple as they shopped in a number of stores, before distracting them in Marks and Spencer’s at approximately 4.20pm and taking the cash from the victim’s bag.

One of the victims, a man in his 80s, noticed at the cash had been taken and attempted to chase one of the women, following her to Warrington Central train station, where the woman got into a taxi and left the scene.

The woman is described as white, approximately 5’ 2” tall, of slim build with short light hair. The woman had an Eastern European accent and wearing a white cotton hat, a dark jacket and dark trousers.

The second woman is described as white, of stocky build and tall. She had grey hair and was wearing black glasses and a black bobble hat.

Investigating Officer PC Phil Collier said: “We are currently following a number of enquiries in relation to this incident and I’m keen to speak to anyone who recognises the women in the CCTV image.

“I’m also keen to trace the taxi driver who collected the women from the taxi rank at Warrington Central Station shortly after 4.30pm on Monday 27 March.

“The victims in this case have been left upset and shaken as a result of the incident and I urge anyone with any information to contact the team here at Warrington.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Cheshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 616 of 27/3/2017. Information can also be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.