Police appeal for information following theft

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Police have released images of a man they want to speak to after a 17-year-old from Pontefract had his phone and wallet stolen near Leeds railway station.

The incident – which happened on Friday, July 5 at around 11pm near Granary Wharf and the arches under the railway station – was one of a number of offences British Transport Police (BTP) is investigating after a spate of thefts in and around the station.

PC Gavin Lawrence, of BTP, said, “We’re asking for help from members of the public to help us identify these people who we would like to speak to, as we believe they may be able to assist us with our enquiries.”

The appeals come as BTP launches Operation Magnum - which aims to reduce theft by disrupting and deterring thieves who target unsuspecting commuters.

PC Lawrence said: “Operation Magnum is about creating a hostile environment for thieves, making it as difficult as we can for them to operate on any part of the railway network and involves using a range of tactics to deter criminals from preying on the travelling public, including intelligence-led patrols by uniformed officers and plain-clothes theft squad detectives.

“The operation is also about educating members of the public about how they can best look after their property. Always remember to keep your luggage close by and check on it regularly. Keep your valuables hidden if you’re going to sleep on a train and always zip up any hand or shoulder bags.

“Mobile phones are a popular target for thieves so always keep it hidden. Installing a tracker application on your smart phone could help trace your device if it’s stolen.”

Anyone with information should contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016 quoting reference B6/NEA of 26/07/2013.

Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.