AT LEAST 18 people have been targeted by pickpockets in York city centre in the past two weeks, police have said.

A spokesman said the thefts had mainly occurred between 2pm and 4pm, with the majority taking place at weekends.

Victims range from students to elderly people, with thieves targeting mobile phones and purses, and the spokesman said people visiting the city centre should be on their guard.

PC Julia Delaney said: “A number of victims stated that they felt someone push past them but did not realise their purse or phone had been stolen until later on.

"People should be aware that there appear to be pick pockets operating in York city centre and it is important to remain vigilant at all times. Keep you belongings close to your body and be wary of people pushing into you and who is around you.”

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