Officers are currently in the Chanterlands Avenue area of West Hull carrying out enquiries following two separate reports of teenagers on mopeds grabbing ladies’ handbags this morning, Tuesday 13 August.
The first happened shortly after 11.10am when a woman in her 80s was said to have been approached by two teenage boys on a moped who allegedly grabbed hold of her handbag and rode off with it.
The bag is described as a black handbag with two handles and a metallic clasp in the middle. It contained keys, a purse with bank cards in and a Nokia mobile phone.
The passenger on the back of the moped was said to be wearing a grey tracksuit and black helmet.
The second incident happened shortly before 11.30am on Jack Kaye Walk off Ella Street.
A 68-year-old woman was reportedly approached by two teenage boys on a moped who allegedly tried to take her handbag from her.
The woman kept hold of the bag and the boys were said to have left in the direction of Newland Avenue.
The rider was described as having a dark visor on his helmet which was down, the visor on the passenger’s helmet was up and he was described as having blond hair.
Superintendent Simon Gawthorpe said: “We do not take reports like this lightly and we are working hard to locate those responsible.
“As a force we are committed to tackling motorcycle crime and our Operation Yellowfin has seen numerous arrests and bikes seized across the whole force area.
“I would appeal to anyone with any information about these reports to please get in touch.”
If you have any information about the incidents, those responsible, the bikes or the whereabouts of the stolen items please call our non-emergency 101 line quoting log 172 of 13/08/19.