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Man arrested following public appeal for information – Roby

March 5, 2013, 11:29 am

A British Transport Police (BTP) spokeswoman said:

“Following a public appeal for information, a 19-year-old man from Huyton has been arrested on suspicion of robbery

“BTP appealed to the public for information following an incident at Roby station on Tuesday, 22 January.

“”We would like to thank members of the public for coming forward with information, as well as the media for assisting with our appeal. The man has been released on police bail pending further enquires until Friday, 26 April.”

Original appeal for information only not publication

Police appeal for information after elderly woman has handbag taken in ‘cowardly and appalling robbery – Roby, Knowsley/ Merseyside

Detectives from British Transport Police (BTP) are calling for the publics help after a ‘cowardly thief punched and robbed an elderly woman of her handbag at Roby rail station on Tuesday, 22 January.

Detective Constable Mark Douglas, leading the investigation, explained: “The 72-year-old victim was walking in a subway at Roby rail station around 5.40pm when she was approached from behind by a man and punched.

“Although she bravely struggled with him, the man was able to prise the handbag from her grasp before making off along Church Road.”

The bag was later found discarded nearby in the grounds of Roby Parish Church, near to Forrest Drive, with the womans purse and between £30-40 cash missing.

Police believe the man is around 5 11” tall and of stocky build. He was wearing a dark, heavy coat with possibly a ‘North Face white motif across the shoulder and chest. He had his coat hood covering his face and wore a woollen hat underneath. He was also wearing thick black gloves.

Officers are following a number of avenues of enquiry as part of their investigation into the incident and are calling on the public to help identify the man responsible.

DC Douglas added: “This was understandably a very frightening experience for the victim, who was left very shaken by this incident.

“This mans actions were cowardly and appalling and we will do everything we can to find the person responsible. I would urge anyone with information that could help our investigation, no matter how insignificant it may seem, to get in touch.”

Police advice for protecting your valuables:

  • Be alert, walk upright, briskly and appear confident
  • Carry your handbag in a secure position in front of your body. Keep all fasteners close and ensure they are facing towards your body
  • Carry wallets, mobiles and other small valuables in a secure inside pocket
  • Mark all valuable property (iPod, mobile etc) with your postcode and house number/name. This can be done with a permanent marker, UV marker or engraving
  • Keep your mobile out of sight when not in use and set it to vibrate to attract less attention. When using your mobile in public, never disclose personal information and always be aware of your surroundings
  • Your mobile has a unique number programmed into it called the IMEI. To access it type *#06# into your mobile and note the number. This will assist your service provider in blocking its use should your phone be lost or stolen
  • If travelling late at night, try to travel in a busy carriage. If people get off, dont be afraid to move. Consider travelling close to the driver or guard to boost your sense of security
  • When on stations look for CCTV cameras and try to stay within view
  • Avoid short-cuts and dark alleys, especially at night
  • Register all your electronic equipment at

Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40 quoting B10/NWA of04/02/2013 Alternatively call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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