Police are warning shoppers to be vigilant after an elderly woman’s purse was stolen.

The 79-year-old woman was targeted in Witham town centre on May 22.

Her shoulder bag was unzipped and her purse, containing cards, £15 in cash and £9 worth of stamps, stolen.

Sgt Martin Richards said: “We would warn all town shoppers to be vigilant to this type of intrusive crime and to ensure that purses are never left on display on shopping carts or trolleys.

“Be aware of your surroundings and those close to you.

“Also, you can take steps to protect your valuables further by attaching a purse bell or purse lanyard/chain, which are quite inexpensive.”