Eastbourne police hunt for cycling thief after spate of handbag thefts

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Police are appealing for help in tracking down a cyclist wanted for grabbing the bags of three people in Eastbourne at the weekend.

On Saturday, July 20, at around 10am, a thief stole the handbag of a 64-year-old woman.

The woman was cycling in Compton Place Road when a man pulled alongside her and tried to grab her handbag from her bike basket.

The victim tried to stop him and both fell off their bikes. The man then ran off down Dittons Road with the cream or beige handbag, leaving his bike behind.

The victim received grazing to her knees and wrists from the fall.

The man is described as white, 5ft 10in tall and skinny with sandy hair and a moustache. He was wearing jeans and a hoodie.

The offender’s bike has been seized and will be forensically examined to see if it can identify the thief.

The same man is believed to have grabbed the bags of pedestrians as he cycled past in Paradise Drive, at around 7.15pm on July 1 and at around 6.30pm on July 7 in Cavendish Avenue, Eastbourne.

Sergeant Gareth Evans, of Eastbourne Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “I am keen to speak to anyone who recognises the description of the cyclist or who has been offered the chance to buy bags or their contents.

“Thefts of this kind are thankfully relatively rare in the borough but people should not be complacent about keeping their possessions safe.”

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting serial 530 of 20 July or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.