BRITISH Transport Police detectives have released this CCTV image of a man they wish to speak following the theft of a large amount of cash.

The money, £15,000, was stolen from a passenger on a train in Runcorn station.

The incident happened at about 9am on Saturday, March 1, as the victim, a 45-year-old man from Ellesmere Port, travelled toward Stafford on a Virgin train from Liverpool Lime Street.

DC Dominic Wilcox said: “The man had planned to travel to Stafford to purchase a car and was carrying the cash in a bag.

“The victim dozed off and as the train arrived at Runcorn, a man grabbed the bag from the seat next to the victim and quickly left the train.”

Enquiries conducted following the incident have enabled detectives to isolate the image of a man they believe has key information.

DC Wilcox added: “We are convinced the man captured has vital information about the incident and call on anyone who recognises him to come forward.

“We would also like to hear from anyone with further information about the theft.”

If you have any information about the incident, please call British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or ring Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. In all calls please quote log PSUB/B6 of 9/5/14.