Merseyside Police has issued CCTV of man they believe could help them with their investigation into the theft of a hat, which belonged to author Roald Dahl, from an exhibition in Southport.

The dark purple hat, which was on loan from another museum, went missing from a display at the Atkinson gallery on Lord Street at around 11am on Saturday 2 July.

Officers have released an image of a man who they believe could help them with their enquiries.

The male is described as approximately 60 years of age, balding with grey hair at the sides. He was believed to be carrying a number of bags.

Officers would ask the man himself, or anyone who recognises the picture or has any information about the whereabouts of the hat, to contact Merseyside Police on 0151 777 3780 or the confidential Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.


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