Police are trying to trace a man after charity boxes were stolen in Devon.

In one incident a man ran up a substantial bill at a bed and breakfast in Yelverton and left without making any attempt to pay and took the keys with him.

In the other incident three charity boxes were stolen from a pub in the Lydford area between Saturday, September 22 and Thursday, September 27 and police believe they are connected.

The man officers would like to speak to is David Hughes. He is quite distinctive and he is believed to be walking, hitch-hiking or using public transport in the southwest.

He is described as being in his 70s, tall with untidy, very white hair. He has a strong Liverpool accent, wears walking boots and carries a brown bag.

He may be trying to pay with or change large amounts of loose change. If you have any information about this person please contact 101 quoting reference JT/12/1223.