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Image of a man police want to interview in connection with the fuel theft.

Police officers investigating the theft of fuel from two NHS patient transport vehicles in Blandford are issuing a CCTV image of the suspect.

Some time between 4.18am and 4.59am on Sunday 27 March 2022 the fuel tanks of two patient transport vehicles were damaged and then emptied of fuel while they were parked at Blandford Community Hospital in Milldown Road.

The suspect was described as white, of slim build, around five feet 10 inches tall and wore dark coloured trousers, shoes and a balaclava, as well as a rain jacket.

Police Constable Tom Harness, of Blandford Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: ‘As part of my enquiries I have obtained a CCTV image of the suspect and I would urge anyone who knows who was responsible to please contact Dorset Police.

‘I appreciate the image is of very low quality, but we are carrying out all possible lines of enquiry available to us and I am hoping that seeing the CCTV image may jog someone’s memory if they saw any suspicious activity in the area.

‘This theft has caused inconvenience to hospital staff and had a knock-on effect to the wider community. I am appealing to anyone who may have captured anything of relevance on home CCTV systems to please get in touch.’

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk/do-it-online, via email [email protected] or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55220048722. Alternatively, to stay 100 per cent anonymous, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers online at Crimestoppers-uk.org or call Freephone 0800 555 111.

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