A man has come forward following a police appeal after an elderly woman had her purse stolen.

As reported, between 12.45pm and 1.30pm on Thursday, October 18, a woman aged in her 80s reported that her purse had been stolen while shopping in Dorchester town centre.

Her bank card was allegedly used for a transaction at the Co-op store in Trinity Street.

Following a public appeal, a 22-year-old man from Oxfordshire has contacted police.

Dorset Police said he is assisting officers with their investigation and is not being treated as a suspect.

No arrests have been made.

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to contact police on 101 quoting crime number 55180169234.