A CHRISTCHURCH woman is accused of stealing a handbag and two purses.

Bernadette Christina Whelan, of Dorset Road, has been charged with two counts of theft from the person.

The 48-year-old was arrested by officers in Dorset Road at 1.45pm on Sunday, February 4.

It follows two incidents reported to have occurred in November last year, and January.

They are the reported theft of a handbag and a purse in Marks and Spencer in New Milton on January 22, and the reported theft of a purse in Waitrose in Hythe on November 7 last year.

Whelan has been remanded in police custody to appear at Southampton Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, February 6.