Do you recognise this man? Leeds reveller has bank card stolen and used

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Officers from British Transport Police (BTP) are appealing for information after a woman had her purse stolen from a Leeds club.

A cash card within the stolen purse was used to withdraw cash from her account and buy food.

Investigators have released an image of a man they want to speak to in connection with the theft, which took place in the early hours of Sunday October 4.

PC Colin Steele is leading the investigation. He said: “We believe the victim, a 24-year-old woman from Leeds, was observed entering her PIN whilst using her card earlier in the night to buy drinks at the Mission 2 nightclub.

“She put her card back in her purse and her purse in her bag, before noticing a short while later that her bag had been opened and her purse was missing.

“She immediately cancelled her cards, but then subsequently discovered that one card had already been used on two occasions at Nandos restaurant to buy food valued at around £40 and to withdraw £180 from her bank account.

After following several lines of enquiry, including reviewing CCTV and tracing the transactions made on the cards officers are now releasing an image of a man who they believe may have key information about the investigation.

PC Steele added, “We believe that the victim had been watched entering her PIN details when making a purchase at the bar and then had her purse containing her cards stolen during the evening.

“It is important to remember to cover your hand when entering PIN details, be aware of your surroundings, and keep a close eye on your belongings to reduce your chances of being a victim of crime.

“If anyone recognises this man or knows his whereabouts, then please get in touch.”

Anyone with information should call British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016 quoting PSUB/B9 of 22/10/2015. Alternatively, contact the independent charity, Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111