West Mercia Police is investigating reports of a suspicious man being spotted in a Herefordshire village at the same time that a theft occurred at a property.

A spokesperson for West Mercia Police said:

At approximately 12 o’clock on Monday 2nd May a theft occurred at a property situated close to the church in Canon Pyon. 

Person(s) unknown have stolen a Kola 9.5hp petrol engine that belonged to a bandsaw. It is worth approximately Ā£1000.

A male was seen in the area at the time of the theft and is described as approximatley 40 years old, 5 FT 7, brown hair and of slim build. 

Where you in the area at the time? Did you see anything suspicious?

If anyone has any information in relation to this crime please contact Hereford Rural North Safer Neighbourhood Team via email – herefordrn.snt@westmercia.police.uk and quote crime reference number 22/44091/22.

If you arenā€™t comfortable contacting us directly, you can pass on information anonymously to the independent charity, Crimestoppers, by calling 0800 555 111 or by visiting their website: www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

Thank you for your help. It is only by the police and the public working together that we can prevent and detect crime.