CCTV released as police search for man after elderly woman's cash is snatched from ATM

Police would like to speak to this man as part of inquiries.
Police would like to speak to this man as part of inquiries.

A search has been launched to find a man who could help police after money was stolen when an elderly woman forgot to take it from a cash machine.

The incident happened at the cashpoint outside the Post Office, on Front Street, Hetton at around 9.50am on Monday, November 26.

Police have now released an image of a man they would like to trace as part of their inquiries.

An elderly woman requested to withdraw a sum of money from the ATM.

However, after putting her bank card away, she forgot to collect the money from the machine.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said: "It is believed an individual then picked up the money and made off with the cash.

"An investigation was subsequently launched, and as part of their inquiries, police have identified a man they would like to speak to.

"It is understood he was in the area at the time of the alleged theft and may be able to assist officers with the investigation."

The man, or anyone who knows him, is asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference 328 271118 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.