Hunt for bag snatcher on East Coast rail line

Police are keen to speak to this man. Picture: BTP
Police are keen to speak to this man. Picture: BTP
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Police are on the hunt for a railway bag snatcher after a woman’s luggage worth £600 was stolen on the East Coast train from Edinburgh.

Officers are keen to speak to a man in connection with the incident, which happened on the 9pm Waverley service to Leeds on Wednesday, 14 May.

The victim, a 21-year-old-woman, boarded the train at Edinburgh and put her bag in the luggage area.

PC Wayne Brown of British Transport Police Newcastle said: “At around 11.15pm, the woman checked on her bag before leaving the service at Leeds and found it was gone.

“We believe it was taken by a man who got off the train at Morpeth.”

The stolen luggage was square, dark green and had a decorative gold padlock on the front.

PC Brown added: “The contents of the bag are valued at around £600 and included several items of jewellery in a smaller orange bag.

“During the course of our investigation into this incident we made checks at all stations on the route to see if the bag had been handed in, but it is still missing.

“We believe the man in the pictures can help us with our enquiries and I would urge anyone who recognises him to contact us.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, or text 61016, quoting reference PSUB/B2 of 13/06/2014. Information can also be passed, anonymously, to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.