Thief sought over train bag theft which stranded man in UK for Christmas

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British Transport Police have issued a fresh appeal to track down a thief who stole a bag, leaving its owner stranded in the UK for Christmas.

Officers have eliminated from their enquiries a man they initially wanted to speak to and have now released images of another man they think could have vital information that would assist the investigation.

The incident occurred at around 2pm on Tuesday, 16 December, as the victim travelled from Hull to Manchester Airport to spend Christmas with his family in China. His bag, containing his passport and tickets, was stolen from the luggage rack on the train.

Investigating officer PC Carly Rickwood said: “When the victim changed trains at Doncaster he stored his bag in the overhead racks. When the train arrived at Manchester Piccadilly he looked up and realised that his bag had been stolen.”

Officers believe the man in the CCTV image could have vital information about the theft and urge him or anyone who recognises him to come forward to assist with their enquiries.

PC Rickwood added: “The bag contained the victim’s passport, his flight tickets to China and expensive electrical equipment. Sadly because of this act the victim missed his flight and could not see his family at Christmas.

“Theft at anytime is bad enough but at Christmas, supposedly the season of goodwill to all men, it seems particularly cruel, especially when it has prevented the victim from spending this special time of year with his family.”

If anyone has any information please contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, or text 61016, quoting reference PSUB/B6 of 05/01/2015. Information can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.