POLICE have released CCTV footage of a man they would like to speak to in connection with a shop theft in Skipton.

At about 12 midday on Wednesday, March 8, a man entered Van Dyke Vapes on Water Street, and started to talk to a member of staff. He then distracted the staff member and allegedly stole a mobile phone from the top of the counter, before leaving the shop and walking off towards the town centre.

Police would like to speak to the man pictured on CCTV in the shop, as he may have important information that could assist the investigation.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on the non emergency 101 number, selecting option two and asking for PC David Gasson or Skipton Police, or email david.gasson@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk. Or anonymously using Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Quote reference number 12170039139.