BRITISH Transport Police have launched the hunt for a man who stole a wheelchair ramp from Liverpool Lime Street railway station.

Officers have released a CCTV image of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the incident, which took place before 3.15pm on Friday, October 25, on platform nine.

According to British Transport Police, a man was seen to take the ramp from its housing on platform nine and then left the station, heading to the taxi rank, still carrying the ramp.

Once outside he hailed a cab which, investigations have revealed, took him to a pub on the promenade at New Brighton.

PC Richard Melling added: "This is an extremely unusual theft in that it doesn't appear to have been motivated by greed – it is extremely unlikely that the man would be able to sell on the ramp and make a profit from his criminal act.

"It is, however, a theft which impacts on the daily running of the station and seems designed to cause problems for other rail passengers.

"I am determined to trace the thief and am calling on anyone with information to come forward."

If you have any information about the theft, or recognise the man in the CCTV images, call British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40. In all calls please quote log B5/NWA of 11/11/13.