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Police hunt for man who targeted women at cash points in Droylsden
Wednesday 26th October 2016 @ 12:05 by Tom Greggan
Droylsden News

Police are searching for a man who has been targeting women at cash machines in Droylsden.

Two separate women were robbed using distraction tactics earlier this month and police believe the same man is responsible for both incidents.

The first incident happened on Tuesday October 4th, just after 11.35am. A woman was using the cash machine outside Lloyds TSB bank on Queens Walk and after leaving, the man approached her waving a £10 note and asking her for change.

droylsden-cash-machine-thiefHe put the note in her open purse and left. Later that day, the woman noticed that her bank card was missing.

Then, on Saturday October 8th, between 10am and 10.30am, the man watched a woman at a cash machine on Manchester Road and then followed her while she shopped. He later approached the woman and told her she had dropped £10.

As he handed the note over, he removed her purse from her bag, placed the note in her purse and removed her bank card. He then used the card to withdraw money from the cash machine, having watched her enter her pin earlier.

The man is described as 5ft 8in tall, of medium build, with short dark hair and police have released a CCTV image of him.

Police Constable Danielle Burns of GMP’s Tameside Borough said: “I would urge anyone who recognises the man in the image to contact police.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 9484, or the independent charity, Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.