Shoppers warned to be vigilant in Wells
The Wells City Council meeting last night was warned of an epidemic of shoplifting in the town. Today Avon & Somerset Police issued an official press statement warning shoppers in the city to be vigilant. A number of purse snatches have been reported in recent weeks with the latest incident yesterday (Thursday 21st November) between 3.20-4.30pm during the market day.
Police told us the victim left her home to go shopping in the High Street in Wells. She noticed that her purse was missing from her bag, when she was in a shop and about to pay for a purchase. Since then the culprit used a bank card from the purse to obtain cash but it was subsequently refused twice at a shop in Shepton Mallet when the suspect tried to use it again.
Other incidents in Wells have involved shoplifting, last week on market day fourteen Cashmere jumpers were stolen.
Avon & Somerset Police have committed to having extra officers patrolling in the area – including High Street and Market Street – but the public are also being urged to be vigilant and ensure that purses and wallets are kept out of safe in a secure location.
Inevitably the bigger Christmas markets are likely to be targeted by the thieves. Anyone who sees anyone acting suspiciously, stealing or trying to steal items should contact us immediately quoting reference 5218259928