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PICTURED: Huge Haul Of Prolific Handbag Thief

Wednesday 28th November 2012

This is the haul of a suspected handbag thief that City of London Police have seized.

Handbags recovered police

The 253 handbags were found in a police raid on a flat in Peckham. They are believed to have been stolen from bars and restaurants around Central London.

Police are trying to reunited the bags with their owners.

Sergeant Grahame Mace said: "Each time a handbag is stolen, women are said to face an average bill of £109 to replace the item and its contents. However, nearly one in ten women carry a bag worth £250 or more.

"You can help prevent your handbag from being stolen by keeping it close to you – this may sound obvious but unfortunately the handbag left unattended on the back of a chair or on the floor is a prime target for an opportunist thief."

Rabah Azzoug, 35, appeared at City of London Magistrates’ Court on Monday charged with 11 counts of theft.