POLICE have launched a search for the person who stolen a purse containing hundreds of pounds in cash from a convenience store.

The burgundy purse containing more than £200 in cash was taken after it was left near the checkout at McColl's in Station Road, New Milton, around 10.30am on Saturday (Aug19).

Police have now released a CCTV image of a person they would like to speak to as part of their investigation.

They are described as white, between 40 and 60-years-old, with two-tone grey, shoulder length hair which is dark at the rear with a lighter streak at the front. The person was of very skinny build and was wearing a dark blue t-shirt with a picture of two whales on the front.

Anyone with information is urged to call Hampshire Constabulary on 101 quoting reference 44170320888.