Police chase train pick-pocket

Joseph Bulmer

Police want to speak to man over alleged theft on Barnstaple-bound train

POLICE have released CCTV images of a man they wish to speak to in connection with an alleged pick-pocket incident on a train to Barnstaple.

A 36-year-old Exmouth man has reported having a wallet containing �700 taken on the 10.50am Exmouth to Barnstaple service on Friday, September 30.

Sgt Dave Mannion, investigating officer, said: “The victim got off the train at Exeter Central rail station and, a short time later, he realised he had left his wallet on board and alerted rail staff.

“The guard on board the train found the missing wallet but around �700 was missing from it.

“Enquiries are ongoing and, after viewing CCTV images from on board the train, I am keen to speak to the man pictured in these stills as I believe he will have information which I believe can assist this investigation.

“It is thought he travelled on the train to its destination, Barnstaple.

“I would ask anyone who knows the man’s identity, or his current whereabouts, to contact British Transport Police in confidence.”

Anyone with information is asked to telephone British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, quoting incident reference B9/WWA of 24/10/2011. Alternatively, they can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.