Mum’s warning after mobile phone robbery

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A MOTHER is warning people to be careful with their mobile phones after she was mugged in the street.

Charlene Bessell, aged 32, had her Samsung Galaxy S2 in her hand when two youths in hoodies snatched it from her.

It happened in Waters Meeting Road, Astley Bridge, at 12.20pm on Wednesday.

Miss Bessell, who has a 12-year-old daughter, was using the £400 phone to send emails to apply for jobs.

Now she is warning people to keep their phones out of sight to avoid falling victim to this sort of crime.

Miss Bessell, aged 32, said: “I was on my way to the Cotton Kier pub to meet a friend for lunch.

“I had my phone in my hand as I was applying for jobs, when I realised someone was behind me.

“He walked past and I thought to myself he could have had my phone, which was a weird thing to think, and then another lad came close to me and grabbed it out of my hand and they ran off.

“I was in shock. I chased after them but they got away. Thinking about it, if I had caught up with them they could have kicked seven bells out of me. It is not worth it for a phone.

“I am always telling my daughter not to have her phone on show, and now this has happened to me.”

She said she was now scared of walking alone and wanted people, especially youngsters, to keep their phones out of sight.

The phone was in a green leather case, which also had cash and a bank card inside.

A police spokesman said no-one has been arrested and that inquiries are ongoing.

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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11:20am Sat 2 Feb 13

PDY says...

I am really sorry that the lady lost her phone but do you really expect us to believe that she was on her phone, applying for jobs, as she went to have lunch with a friend. Why didn't she wait till she got to the pub?
She will need to get ba job soon if she wants to pay another 400 quid for a phone!!!!!!!
I am really sorry that the lady lost her phone but do you really expect us to believe that she was on her phone, applying for jobs, as she went to have lunch with a friend. Why didn't she wait till she got to the pub? She will need to get ba job soon if she wants to pay another 400 quid for a phone!!!!!!! PDY
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8:13pm Sat 2 Feb 13

ziggyboo22 says...

Charlene s my sister and was recently made redundant just before Christmas she has worked her whole life, how dare you jump to conclusions about other people. Does it make it ok to steal from people who are out of work?
Charlene s my sister and was recently made redundant just before Christmas she has worked her whole life, how dare you jump to conclusions about other people. Does it make it ok to steal from people who are out of work? ziggyboo22
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7:37pm Sun 3 Feb 13

claude34 says...

i unfortunately work in the valley, we have just been relocated. the place is dodgy, loads of muggings have taken place down there, i will not go out at dinner as im scared for my safety. my employers however dont care and im expected to walk 10 mins from an overspill car park to my place of work. night or day cos they cant sort out the parking. im sorry for what happened to ur sister, but warn everyone, dont walk thru the valley, hardly any lights, one pavement and trees on either side. not a nice place
i unfortunately work in the valley, we have just been relocated. the place is dodgy, loads of muggings have taken place down there, i will not go out at dinner as im scared for my safety. my employers however dont care and im expected to walk 10 mins from an overspill car park to my place of work. night or day cos they cant sort out the parking. im sorry for what happened to ur sister, but warn everyone, dont walk thru the valley, hardly any lights, one pavement and trees on either side. not a nice place claude34
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8:35am Mon 4 Feb 13

BigDave1985 says...

Scumbags strike again! But I think its a silly idea havin a bank card in the phone holder and it probably was on show when applying for jobs via facebook making her more of a target to the scum.
Scumbags strike again! But I think its a silly idea havin a bank card in the phone holder and it probably was on show when applying for jobs via facebook making her more of a target to the scum. BigDave1985
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2:39pm Tue 5 Feb 13

charbolton says...

PDY...

it was me who got mugged! i was simply walking down the road using my phone to pas the time. it is completely irrelevant that i was applying for jobs! as it happens the phone was free on contract but it is going to cost me 400 to replace it! why didn't i wait til i got to the pub ? does it really matter? these people stole from me! and it isnt easy to find a job at the moment so if you don't mind keep your inconsiderate comments to yourself!
PDY... it was me who got mugged! i was simply walking down the road using my phone to pas the time. it is completely irrelevant that i was applying for jobs! as it happens the phone was free on contract but it is going to cost me 400 to replace it! why didn't i wait til i got to the pub ? does it really matter? these people stole from me! and it isnt easy to find a job at the moment so if you don't mind keep your inconsiderate comments to yourself! charbolton
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2:40pm Tue 5 Feb 13

charbolton says...

BigDave1985 wrote:
Scumbags strike again! But I think its a silly idea havin a bank card in the phone holder and it probably was on show when applying for jobs via facebook making her more of a target to the scum.
no mention of facebook ? although i do agree i should of been more vigilant
[quote][p][bold]BigDave1985[/bold] wrote: Scumbags strike again! But I think its a silly idea havin a bank card in the phone holder and it probably was on show when applying for jobs via facebook making her more of a target to the scum.[/p][/quote]no mention of facebook ? although i do agree i should of been more vigilant charbolton
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