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Shocking moment pickpocket gang steals tourist's purse containing £400

This is the shocking moment a female pickpocket gang were caught on camera stealing a tourist's purse in London's West End.

Nina Spencer and friend Toi were walking through Cambridge Circus towards the Palace Theatre in central London earlier this month while making a video of themselves from a selfie stick to show friends.

But after they had crossed the road, Toi looked inside her Louis Vuitton handbag and noticed her designer purse containing £400 in cash and her credit cards was missing.

It is the latest shocking example of a numerous cases of pick-pocketing in London and comes amid a flurry of petty crime in the capital, with thefts on the Underground increasing 80 per cent in the last three years.

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Devastated Toi and Ms Spencer, both from Thailand, watched back their video and were shocked to see a young woman put her hand into the bag and take the purse.

She appeared to have been part of a gang of three female pickpockets and the other two women could be seen taking part in the theft.

Footage shows a woman in a black jumper and black sunglasses looking over Nina's shoulder while a second woman, in black leather jacket and holding a red smartphone, looks into Toi's bag.

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My view: They are professional pickpockets, it appears they're just in UK to steal from people, especially from tourists. I hope they're jailed for five years for their shameful actions.

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