POLICE hunting a robber who rugby-tackled an elderly man to steal £400 in cash have released a CCTV image.

The victim, in his 70s, was followed from a cashpoint in Bournemouth before the attack.

Detectives were alerted following the incident at around 9am on Friday September 20.

The victim withdrew £400 from the Lloyds Bank cash machine in Southbourne Grove, Following the transaction he was asked by an unknown man for some change, which he refused.

He then walked along Beresford Road and into Beaufort Road, where he became aware that someone was following him. He turned into Kimberley Road and then Stamford Road.

The offender forced the victim to the ground, pinned him down and stole the cash from his trouser pocket.

The offender is described as white, tanned, aged in his 20s, five feet 11 inches tall and with short dark hair. He wore blue jeans and a grey top.

Detective Constable Holly Sexton, of Bournemouth CID, said: "As part of our enquiries we have reviewed nearby CCTV footage. I am keen to speak to the man pictured as he was in the area at the time and may have important information that could assist my investigation."

Information to Dorset Police on 101, quoting occurrence number 55190148446, or the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.