Police issue appeal after woman's bag stolen from her home

By Ellen Kirwin

Police have released CCTV images of a man they'd like to speak to after a burglary.

A woman came downstairs in her house on Saturday, August 14, at 6.30am to find her front door open and her handbag missing.

Officers said that her handbag, taken from Cecil Street, St Helens, contained her passport, keys and bank cards.

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It is reported that her stolen bank card was then used in Ashcroft Service Station at 7am on that same morning.

A second attempt to buy items at an off licence in Wigan was also made.

Detectives are investigating the burglary and have today released an image of a man they're looking to trace as they believe he may be able to assist their investigation.

Police have issued CCTV images of a man they want to trace following a burglary in St Helens (Merseyside Police)

A Merseyside police spokesperson said: "We have issued CCTV images of a man we want to trace following a burglary in St Helens.

"At approximately 6.30am on Saturday 14th August, the homeowner came downstairs in her property in Cecil Street and found her front door was open and her handbag was missing. Her handbag contained a number of items such as passport, keys and also bank cards.

"Her online banking app showed that one of her bank cards had been used in Ashcroft Street Service station in St Helens at 7am that morning.

"Another attempt to pay for goods using the stolen bank cards was also made at an off licence in Wigan.

"An investigation is underway and CCTV and witness enquiries have been carried out.

"We have issued images of a man we want to speak to as we believe he could assist our investigation.

"Anyone who recognises the man or can help our investigation is asked to DM @MerPolCC or @CrimestoppersUK anonymously quoting reference 21000566116."

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