Plea to find man after bag snatched from train

British Transport Police want to speak to this man after the theft of a bag on a train between Durham and Newcastle.
British Transport Police want to speak to this man after the theft of a bag on a train between Durham and Newcastle.
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A HOLDALL belonging to a train’s crew was stolen between two North East stations.

British Transport Police (BTP) is appealing for information after a holdall belonging to a member of rail staff was stolen from a train travelling between Durham and Newcastle.

Officers have today released CCTV images of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the theft, which took place on board the 8.30am Kings Cross to Newcastle service on Friday, February 20.

Investigating Officer Pc Wayne Brown said: “The victim, a 64-year-old member of rail staff from Peterborough, boarded the service at Kings Cross and placed his black work holdall in an overhead storage rack in Coach K.

“When the train arrived into Newcastle he noticed it was missing.

“After reviewing CCTV a man was seen to board the train at Durham and sit in Coach K.

“Just prior to the train arriving into Newcastle station the man jumps up and grabbing the bag and placing it under his arm before quickly leaving the train.

“I am now releasing images of a man I would like to trace and speak to in connection with this incident.

“I believe he may have key information which could assist the investigation.

“If you recognise the man pictured or know his current whereabouts please contact us.”

Anyone with information should contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016 quoting background reference PSUB/B10 of 9/3/2015. Information can also be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.