Girl (15) mugged at Burnley Central Station

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A teenager was mugged at Burnley Central Station by a man who snatched her mobile phone.

The incident happened on June 30th at 7-10 in the evening when a man approached a 15-year-old girl and tried to make conversation. He asked her for money and then, without warning, snatched her mobile phone. The man was white, about 5ft 9in. tall, with very short hair. He was wearing a light grey tracksuit.

This is one of number of incidents of theft from rail passengers which has prompted a crackdown by British Transport Police.

They are targeting rail thieves in “Operation Magnum”, which has been launched nationally to tackle a rise in thefts of luggage and other property. Officers are out and about on the rail network giving advice to passengers and taking actions against criminals.

Det. Insp. Andrea Rainey said: “Operation Magnum is a long term, national initiative that aims to reduce theft by disrupting and deterring thieves who target unsuspecting commuters and tourists.

“We want to create a hostile environment for thieves, making it as difficult as we can for them to operate on any part of the railway network.

“As well as targeting thieves we want to educate the public about how they can best look after their property on crowded trains. Always remember to keep your luggage close by and check it regularly. Keep valuables hidden if you’re going to sleep on a train and always zip up any hand or shoulder bags.

“Mobile phones and electronic tablets are particularly attractive to thieves so, where possible, try not to advertise where these items are and never leave them unattended.”

British Transport Police is calling on the public to help trace the man at Burnley Central Station.

Please call 0800 40 50 40 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.