A TEENAGE thief snatched a woman's handbag from her car as she loaded shopping into the vehicle.

The theft happened in the car park at Morrisons, in North Road, Darlington.

It is the latest in a string of handbag and purse snatches around the town in recent weeks. A young male in his mid-teens ran up to the vehicle and grabbed the handbag, which contained personal items and cash. The bag was found in Locomotive Street.

The thief wore a peaked cap.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on (01325) 467681.