Police have released CCTV images of a man wanted in connection with a theft from a Poulton church.
Donations to a food bank were taken from St John’s Roman Catholic Church, on Breck Road, over the summer.
A number of food items collected by parishioners were taken from a public area of the church.
The thief then damaged the contribution box in a failed attempt to steal the money inside.
The incident took place between 3.30pm and 4pm on July 27, officers said.
PC Libby Barron said she was appalled that the thief had taken items donated by members of the public for those in need.
She added: “This crime has been committed inside a church which is left open for people to pray.
“They’ve ruined it for genuine people in need of this commodity as the church will now need to consider locking the doors.”
CCTV images released by the police show a man with short grey hair, wearing a white T-shirt with a green strip across it, who officers would like to speak to.
PC Barron said: “If anybody has any information about this incident or recognises the man in the CCTV then I would urge them to contact police.”
Anybody with any information can call police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and anyone who gets in touch will not go to court.