A MAN was seen stealing a cat named Tinkerbell late at night from the high street in Winton.

Dorset Police said the theft took place in Wimborne Road at the entrance of Superclean at around 11.55pm.

A man was spotted picking up Tinkerbell and walking away with her.

The cat is described as tortoiseshell and is three years old. She was not wearing a collar and is not microchipped.

Her owner has made enquiries with local animal organisations, including the RSCPA and vets, but Tinkerbell has not been located.

Police Community Support Investigator Jared Sharman, of Dorset Police, said: “Tinkerbell's owner has been left very upset and she is desperate to find her.

“As part of my investigations I have obtained CCTV images of a suspect and I am appealing to anyone who knows the identity of this man to please contact Dorset Police.

“I am also keen to hear from anyone who might know where Tinkerbell is.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at dorset.police.uk, calling 101 or by emailing 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk, quoting occurrence number 55190100716.