Police at Lymington are appealing to a handbag snatcher to return photographs of a child who has died.

The photos were in the handbag of a 44-year-old New Milton woman who was the victim of theft on Friday morning, November 15.

Between 8-8.30am, the woman was walking to the car park between Ashley Road and Elm Avenue, New Milton, having posted a letter at the town’s post office.  She walked along Ashley Road, towards Old Milton Road.  Just after Pettengells Estate Agents, she turned left into an alleyway to the car park.

The woman felt her handbag being tugged away, and saw a man on a bicycle pulling at the straps.  This man is described as slim and in his twenties.  He wore a scruffy green puffa jacket, blue jeans, trainers and a grey or brown woolly hat.

The handbag is black leather with two thin shoulder straps.  It contained a blue and white tartan purse with a gold clasp.  The purse contained £300 cash.  Also in the bag were codeine tablets and four photographs of the woman’s children – two of a boy and two of girls. 

One of the photographs is of the woman’s deceased daughter, and it is one of the only remaining photographs of the child.  Of all the items in the stolen handbag, this photograph is the only thing she wants returned.

Police are appealing for information from anyone who saw the incident or who saw a cyclist of the thief’s description riding in or away from Ashley Road car park.  They also would like to hear from anyone who finds the discarded handbag.

PC Kieron Maddock is investigating the theft.  He said:  “I appeal to the person responsible for the theft to return the photograph to New Milton police station.  It is the least he can do.”


RMS Number: 44130431492

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