POLICE today released CCTV images of a man they would like to speak to about the theft of a suitcase from a train.
It happened on board the 1.36pm Manchester Piccadilly to Newcastle service on Monday, 23 February.
The victim, a 24-year-old man from China, boarded the service at Manchester Piccadilly and placed his black suitcase on the train floor next to the doors.
The man then fell asleep, and woke as the train arrived at Newcastle.
When he went to collect his case he found it was missing.
Investigating officer Pc Wayne Brown said: “After reviewing CCTV, a couple were seen leaving the train with what we believe was the victim’s case at Chester-le-Street.
“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 can contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016 quoting background reference PSUB/B5 of 10/4/2015.
Information can also be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.