POLICE have issued CCTV images of a woman they would like to speak to following a 'handbag theft and fraudulent bank card use' in Weymouth.

A handbag containing bank cards was taken from a bench outside Poundland on New Bond Street, while the owner was sitting nearby, police say.

One of the bank cards was used a short time later at Matalan on Jubilee Close.

The incident is reported to have happened at around 11.20am on Wednesday July 15.

Police Constable Jan Steele, of Dorset Police, said: “As part of my investigation I have obtained CCTV images of a woman who was captured using the stolen bank card.

“I would urge anyone who recognises her to please get in touch.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55200085442. Alternatively, to stay 100 per cent anonymous, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers online at Crimestoppers-uk.org or call freephone 0800 555 111.