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Emma Bartholomew, Senior Reporter
Friday, May 4, 2012
Hackney police are warning people to beware of “hugger muggings.”
The advice comes after a wave of iPhone snatches in the street by youths who appear to be over friendly strangers.
A Hackney police spokeswoman said: “The police here have made up the term for people who have that drunk look about them, and fall against you as if you are their friend - but they are pick pocketing you at the same time.
“It’s a warning to everyone to be aware of their belongings as they are out and about.”