AN appeal has been made after a handbag worth £500 was stolen from a woman while shopping.

Police have released this CCTV image because they would like to speak to the woman in connection with the incident. 

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The bag was taken from the M&S at the Arnison Centre, on the outskirts of Durham, on September 25. 

A Durham Police spokesperson said the bag was worth more than £500 and was of "significant sentimental value" to the victim. 

Anyone who recognises the woman is asked to email PC John Lamb on John.

Anyone who wishes to remain anonymous can pass information on to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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