A PURSE containing cards and cash was stolen from a shopper's bag in The Shires, Trowbridge before hundreds of pounds were withdrawn.

Police are investigating after a medium sized red purse with a flap over popper and zip section inside was stolen on November 27 between 1.15pm and 2pm.

The cards were then used to withdraw £590 from cash machines.

A police spokesman said: "When on foot please be aware of your surroundings and carry your bag close to you with the clasp facing inwards. Keep it zipped up, and make sure your wallet or purse can’t be seen."