Manhunt for hijab wearing women after pensioner’s purse snatched at bus station

A MANHUNT has been launched for two hijab wearing women after a pensioner’s purse was stolen at a bus station.

Cops released CCTV of the two women they want to speak to over the crime in Leicester

The 70-year-old victim was approached by two women in the Haymarket bus station, Belgrave Gate.

One of the women distracted the victim, while the second removed the purse from her handbag in the theft.

Detectives said the purse contained an unidentified amount of cash.

Police are hoping to trace the two women in the video who are wanted in connection with the theft.

Video shows the two women entering an automatic door.

And a second clip shows one of the women walking down the terminus at the bus station.

Both women appear to be wearing hijabs, a headscarf worn by Muslim women.

Headscarves are scene as both signs of modesty and symbols of religious faith.

Leicestershire Police said: “Officers investigating a distraction theft in the city centre have released CCTV footage of two women they wish to identify and trace in connection with the incident.

The 70-year-old victim was approached by two women in the Haymarket bus station, Belgrave Gate, Leicester, around 12.15pm on July 12.

“One of the women distracted the victim and while the second stole a purse from her handbag which contained cash.

“Anyone who recognises the women in the footage or has any suspicions about who they may be is asked to contact the investigator, 8779 Jess Pearson, on 101, quoting crime number 19*364251.”