A GROUP of women are believed to be responsible for the theft of items from a north Dorset gift shop.

Dorset Police have released CCTV images of women they want to speak to in connection with the thefts, which took place at Cranbornes, High Street, Shaftesbury, around 9.30am on February 7.

Items taken included six handbags and a quantity of water bottles.

Police Sergeant Carmel Ryan said: "Following enquiries I have obtained CCTV images of three women I would like to speak to.

"I would ask anyone who has information about who they are to please get in touch.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55200019878.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.