POLICE have released CCTV images of a man they would like to speak to after a heartless thief robbed a charity shop in the town centre.

At around 1.30pm on Saturday, July 23, it's reported that the thief, an unknown man, entered the Cancer Research UK charity shop in Market Street, Barnsley town centre.

It is alleged that the man took a quantity of money and when challenged by staff, he fled the scene, running through another shop onto Queen Street and Eldon Street.

The man is described as being white, in his late thirties, with short dark hair. He is believed to have been wearing a blue and white long-sleeved shirt.

Officers believe the man in the CCTV images (pictured) could hold useful information for the investigation and are appealing to anyone who recognises him to come forward.

Anyone with further information should call 101 or email enquiries@southyorks.pnn.police.uk quoting incident number 656 of 23 July 2016.

Information can also be passed to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.