A search to find a person who police say stole from Epsom Hospital last month was launched on Saturday afternoon (May 8) with an image taken from CCTV footage.

In their information appeal that urged members of the public to help, Surrey Police in Epsom said the man shown in the image had stolen as yet unknown items from Epsom General Hospital on Saturday, April 24.

Police offered a description of the person they are hoping to trace as they circulated the image online and across social media platforms.

"On 24th April 2021 this person stole items from Epsom General Hospital, Dorking Road, Epsom.

"The suspect's described as a white male in his early 20's.

"He had long black hair and was wearing a black jacket, grey trousers and carrying an equipment belt around his upper right leg," a spokesperson posted to Twitter.

"If you were in the area of Epsom General Hospital in the morning of the 24th April and think you have information that could help us, or if you can name the suspect, please contact us.

"Quote reference 45210042180," they added.

Despite the ongoing challenges imposed on the health service by Covid-19, this is not the first time thieves have targeted Epsom General Hospital since the start of the pandemic.

As the Surrey Comet reported previously, a man and women, both in their 60s, were arrested last year for stealing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and food donations from the hospital.