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CCTV released after 94-year-old man sprayed with tomato sauce by distraction thief who took £485 cash

Police have released image of a passenger they want to speak to after a 94-year-old man had cash stolen Credit: Northumbria Police

A sneak thief stole more than £400 from a 94-year-old man, who he distracted by spraying with tomato sauce.

The thief followed the man to his Newcastle home after they both got off the number 11 Stagecoach bus, on Stamfordham Road.

After spraying his victim with sauce, the thief offered to help clean it up, claiming it was an accident. He then took around £485 cash from his trouser pocket.

The theft happened at around 2.30pm on Wednesday, August 9. Police have now released CCTV footage of a man who was on the number 11 bus and may have information.

Anyone who can help police should contact 101 quoting log 574 08/09/17, or email 2596@northumbria.pnn.police.uk. They can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.