Number plate thief targets cars in Newport and Quendon

Police are keen to speak to this man

Police are keen to speak to this man - Credit: Archant

A member of the public intervened when they saw a man ripping the back number plate off a car in Quendon on September 10.

The man was seen taking the plate from a black Audi A3 in Cambridge Road at around 5.15pm and after being challenged by the passerby, he dropped the plate and made off down the street before getting into a white Vauxhall Astra.

Number plates from two other vehicles in Newport were also stolen between 5pm and 5.40pm on September 10.

The cars - a grey Mini Cooper S and a silver Mercedes - were both parked in High Street, Newport and the total value of the theft is around £80.

Essex Police have since released an image of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the incidents.

Anyone with information pertaining to the image should contact PS Scott at Saffron Walden police station.