Police investigating the theft of cash from a donation box at a North Yorkshire church have released an image of a man they would like to trace.

North Yorkshire Police said the incident happened at St Mary's Church, Sandsend, near Whitby, and involved damage to the church’s interior as well as cash being taken.

A spokesperson for the force said: "The incident happened between 3pm and 5pm on September 26.

"Police are keen to trace a man pictured by CCTV.

Darlington and Stockton Times: Police would like to trace this man

"Officers are asking members of the public to get in touch if they recognise the person in the image as they believe they will have information that will help the investigation."

Anyone with any information is asked to email craig.martin@northyorkshire.police.uk or call North Yorkshire Police on 101 and ask for PC836 Martin.

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Please quote reference number 12230182795 when passing on information.