PURSE dippers are thought to be preying on people again in Huddersfield town centre.

This type of offence seems to come and go, but there have been several recent reports of shoppers having their purses and wallets pinched from handbags.

On Monday there were three incidents in town.

In all three cases, women aged over 60, including one with a walking stick, were targeted by thieves who brushed passed them and took valuables from them in the process.

One incident happened on Brook Street, one in the Piazza and one on New Street.

One of the victims described the suspects as being two tall, slim Asian men, aged 20 to 30 and wearing dark coats.

Please be vigilant and take these steps to make sure you don’t become a victim: Don’t make it easy for thieves by leaving your handbag unzipped.

Wear your bag in front of you in your eye line so that you can see it.

Use a chain to attach any purses or wallets to the inside of your handbag.

Don’t carry too much cash and always keep wallets and purses in secure places rather than in your hand.

Don’t carry wallets, cash or mobile phones in your back pocket where they can be easily spotted and stolen by opportunistic thieves.

If you’re shopping in a supermarket don’t carry personal items in your trolley.

The important thing is to keep your wits about you. If you see anyone acting suspiciously, don’t hesitate to contact the police.

On a separate matter, we’re looking for the people who stole a quad bike from a house in Dewsbury.

The bike was taken between 4.20pm and 4.30pm last Friday from a shed in Hazel Crescent.

Thieves got into the back garden of the property and used some kind of implement to break the lock on the shed before taking the child’s bike.

It has red flames on the rear mudguards.

Anyone with information about this theft should contact Pc Wendy Orford via 0845 6060606 or call Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555111.

Finally, we’re looking for a bike thief who struck in Fartown on Monday afternoon.

At about 3.15pm a 30-year-old man was riding his bike on Bradford Road when he was stopped and confronted by another man, who pushed him off and stole the bike, before riding off towards Spaines Road. The thief was Asian, about 33, 5ft 8ins tall, with short dark hair and clean shaven.

Anyone with information should call Det Con Sarah Robinson at Huddersfield CID on 01484 436685.