Festive shoppers urged to beware

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Shoppers are being urged to keep their bags safe and remain vigilant in the city centre in the run up to Christmas.

Operation Jingle Bells will see police officers in Lancaster giving away tiny bells, festively named ‘Jingle Bells’, for shoppers to attach to their purses, handbags and wallets at the Christmas Lights switch-on in the city centre on Sunday, November 24.

If thieves do try to snatch their belongings, shoppers will be alerted by the bells jingling and be able to take action.

Officers will also be on hand to offer advice on how to stay safe over the Christmas and New Year period.