Arrests made after purse snatching in St Albans

Crowds of people on St Peter's Street

Crowds of people on St Peter's Street - Credit: Archant

Police have arrested three men after a purse snatching in St Albans city centre on Saturday.

A man attempted to snatch a purse from a woman in Market Place at around 11.25am, but she was able to get the purse back from him.

The thief was pursued by a witness, who saw him get into a dark BMW, which drove off.

The witness flagged down a passing police car and told them what happened. The officers chased after and stopped the BMW and arrested three people on suspicion of conspiracy to commit theft.

A 21-year-old man from London and an 18-year-old man from Sheffield have been released under investigation.

22-year-old George Cosmin-Manloe, from Farley Hill in Luton, has been charged with driving without insurance.

He will appear at Central West Hets Magistrates Court on May 22.

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Police had appealed for the victim to come forward and help their investigation, but she has now been traced.