A WOMAN'S purse was stolen from her bag after she fell asleep on the bus.

The woman was travelling from on the number 50 Go North East bus from The Galleries, in Washington to Durham city when the purse was taken.

Police say she left her bag on the seat next to her and fell asleep, and a man is alleged to have removed the purse.

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The incident took place between 1pm and 2pm on Tuesday, September 19.

The suspect is described as 5ft 8, slim build, wearing a grey hoodie, black flat cap and black joggers.

PC Darrell Brown, from Durham City Neighbourhood team, said: “This was a cowardly attack on a lone woman who has been taken advantage of whilst asleep.

“I would urge anyone with any information to come forward.”

Please contact Durham Constabulary on 101, quoting incident number 236 of September 19.

Alternatively information can be passed to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.