PURSE thieves have targeted shoppers in Bromsgrove in a string of incidents over the last week.

A number of people have had their purses stolen by offenders who snatched them from their bags while they were out shopping.

Police said the elderly have been specifically targeted.

Officers have been in the town centre handing out purse cables to local care homes and Bromsgrove library, and officers from Bromsgrove SNT have been in Morrison's to give advice, leaflets and property marking pens.