POLICE are searching for a cyclist clad in a high-visibility jacket after a woman's handbag was snatched in Lymington.

Officers investigating the incident, which happened in Avenue Road at 2.50pm on Sunday, November 11, have released a CCTV image of a suspect after the theft.

The victim, a 71-year-old woman, was walking along the road when she was approached from behind by a man riding a bicycle.

Her handbag was snatched out of her hand and the cyclist rode off into a side road before turning and cycling towards Lymington police station.

The handbag contained a mobile phone and a purse.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting 44180423851.