POLICE are hunting a Morpeth charity shop thief.
A woman visited the British Heart Foundation shop in Bridge Street on May 13 and left with a handbag hidden under her clothing.
She made off towards the Clock Tower in Oldgate and the bag was recovered in a back lane behind the Tandoor Mahal restaurant.
The woman is described as white, about 50 years old, skinny with blonde shoulder-length hair, which was tied in pigtails. She had a freckled complexion and was wearing a white body warmer over a long brown coat and blue jeans.
Anyone with information about the theft should contact police on 101, ext 69191.