POLICE want to identify this woman who was caught on CCTV at the time that a mobile phone was stolen from a budget shop.

A woman placed her blue Samsung Galaxy S3 device on the check-out counter of the the 99p Store, in the High Street, Southend, while being served, but had then forgotten to pick it up.

When she returned to collect it she was informed by staff that another woman had said the phone was hers and taken it at around at 5pm on Saturday, January 11.

Police believe the woman in the CCTV image can assist with their enquiries and would like to hear from her or anyone who recognises her.

Call PC Darren Wooderson at Southend Police Station on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.