Detectives have released CCTV footage of two women they want to identify after an elderly woman had cash stolen whilst shopping on her mobility scooter.

At 15:30hrs on Sunday, 3 March the 79-year-old victim was sitting on her mobility scooter in local shop in High Road, Ilford.

As the victim stood to look at items of clothing she placed her shoulder bag on her right shoulder. She was then approached by two woman, who were both pretending to look at items on the opposite shelf.

Suspect one, who was wearing a green coat, approached the victim and proceeded to unzip the victim’s shoulder bag and attempted to remove her purse, before being disturbed. She came back again and successfully removed the purse and both suspects walked away.

A total of £50 in cash was stolen along with bank cards.

Police were contacted and officers from the East Area Command Unit launched an investigation. CCTV images were secured, and detectives have today released footage of the two women they are trying to identify.

Suspect one is a white female, aged in her 20s. She was wearing a maroon coloured coat, blue jeans and black shoes. She was carrying a shoulder bag.

Suspect two is described as a white female, aged in her early. She was wearing a dark green coat, grey leggings with a white stripe down the outside of the leg and dark shoes.

PC Terry Hughes, based in Ilford, said: “I would urge anyone who recognises these women to contact us so that we can prevent them from targeting other vulnerable members of our community.”

There have been no arrests and enquiries continue.

Anyone with information about the identity of the two suspects should call PC Terry Hughes on 101 quoting reference 4406899/19.

Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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