Mugger tries to snatch cash bag

CRIME: Crime scene.
CRIME: Crime scene.
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A mugger who tried to snatch a bag of money from a passenger at Doncaster railway station is being hunted by police.

British Transport Police detectives investigating the attempted robbery are appealing for witnesses to the incident, which took place at around 2.20pm on Thursday of last week.

The offence involved a man attempting to grab a carrier bag containing a large amount of money from a passenger he had followed to the station.

Det Sgt Paul Kazimierczyk, the officer in charge of the investigation, said: “The victim, a 22-year-old man from the Mexborough area, was followed to the station by a man who then attempted to grab the bag he was carrying and pull it from him.

“A scuffle ensued, the victim fell to the ground, and the would-be robber left empty handed.

“I would urge anyone who may have been at Doncaster rail station at around 2pm to 2.45pm last Thursday to contact us - you may have seen or heard something which could prove vital to our investigation.”

Officers are continuing to make inquiries, including trawling CCTV footage from the station and surrounding area.

Call BTP on 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016 quoting incident number 364 of July 18, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

The appeal for information comes as BTP launches Operation Magnum, a long term initiative that aims to reduce theft by disrupting and deterring thieves who target unsuspecting commuters.

The force suggests that wallets, mobile phones and other small valuable items of personal property should be carried in a secure inside pocket to keep them out of sight, and that mobiles should be kept hidden when not in use.