POLICE have released CCTV images in a bid to identify a woman in connection with a series of thefts in Bury, Rochdale and Salford.

Following an extensive review of CCTV footage, it is believed the woman in the images is the same individual, despite the differences in appearance.

The first incident happened at Morrison's in Rochdale in January 2022, with the most recent taking place yesterday, Tuesday, at Asda in Bury.

The victims, who are all females between the ages of 63 and 94, have had their purses stolen whilst in supermarkets.

Their contactless cards have subsequently been used to pay for shopping elsewhere.

As a result, Operation Loire was launched to investigate 15 thefts in Bury, Rochdale and Salford.

Anyone with information should contact police via DBIRochdalegroup@gmp.police.uk, quoting Operation Loire.

Information can also be shared anonymously via the independent charity - Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.