British Transport Police (BTP) officers investigating the theft of a passenger’s property from a train between Exeter and St Austell have released a CCTV image of a man they would like to identify and speak to about the incident.

Officers believe the man in this photograph will have information which can assist the investigation into the theft, which took place on Sunday, December 15.

Detective Constable Dave Bailey, based at BTP Plymouth, is leading the investigation. He said: “The victim was travelling between Exeter St Davids and Truro on the 7.25pm service from Exeter.

“After the train left St Austell, a member of the public on board the train noticed that the victim’s suitcase had been tampered with.

“It is not believed anything was taken but we are treating this incident as an attempted theft.”

Extensive enquiries have been ongoing to trace the person responsible for tampering with the victim's luggage but to no avail so far. Officers are now seeking the public’s help to identify the man in this photograph as it is believed he will have key information which can assist police.

Do you know who he is, or his current whereabouts?

Anyone with information is asked contact British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40, or text 61016, quoting reference WWA/B4 of 31/01/14. Alternatively call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.