Probe into three Halifax street muggings in four days

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An investigation has been launched after three daylight street muggings took place in the space of four days in Halifax.

Police have stepped up patrols in around the Dean Clough area to reassure residents and people working in the area after three muggings in the area.

Officers are investigating three incidents with the first of which happened on Saturday May 27 at around 12.15pm.

A woman was walking along Mill Lane when she had her handbag taken from her by a male who came up behind her and then made off with the bag.

The second incident happened on Old Lane, Halifax at 3.54pm on Old Lane when a man attempted to take a handbag off of the shoulder of a woman walking along a path. Nothing was taken during the incident.

The third incident happened yesterday (Wednesday May 31) on Dean Clough at just after 8am when a male tried to take the handbag of a woman walking along the road.

The male fled empty handed but the victim was pushed to the floor during the incident.

Inspector Paul Harkin, of the Halifax Central Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “I understand people are concerned at these three recent incidents but crime in this area remains low. We are investigating each incident and have some active lines of enquiry we are pursuing. We have also increased patrols in the area to help reassure people and are offering crime prevention advice.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101.