Police hunt Sunderland Metro handbag snatcher

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HERE is a picture of a man police want to speak to in connection with a handbag snatch on a Metro in Sunderland.

British Transport Police (BTP)officers have released CCTV images of a man they want to speak to about the theft, which happened on a Metro service at South Hylton.

The theft took place shortly after 11.50am on Wednesday, 23 April.

The victim, a 49-year-old woman from Gateshead, who had been travelling on the Metro, got off the train at Park Lane station and left her canvas shopping bag in the carriage.

The bag contained an iPhone 4 and other personal items.

Pc Nick Cannon, the officer investigating the theft for the BTP, said: “A man and woman pushing a pram boarded the same service at Millfield station.

“On leaving the train at South Hylton, the man – who was carrying a small child’s scooter – picked up the bag, left the station and headed down Hylton Bank towards the high street.

“Officers have since carried out a number of inquiries and have managed to isolate images of a man they would like to speak to about the incident.”

Pc Cannon added: “I believe the man captured on CCTV has key information about the theft and I urge anyone who recognises him to give us a call.”

Anyone who knows the man, or thinks they have any information which might help the investigation, is asked to call British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016.

Alternatively, people can ring Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. People are asked to quote log number PSUB/B5 of 14/05/14 in all calls.