A shopper has said she will boycott a Maldon supermarket after her purse was stolen and £600 withdrawn from her accounts.

Debra Vinn, of Mundon, has called for greater security at Morrisons in Maldon after she got to the checkout only to find her purse had been taken from her shopping bag last Friday lunchtime.

Mrs Vinn said: “The manager told me they had gangs targeting shoppers and it’s usually older people.

“I’m 54 and it was bad enough for me."

Police are appealing for information following the purse theft at the store and withdrawal of cash in Maldon High Street.

Morrisons were contacted and asked to comment, but as of yet they have not supplied a statement.