POLICE have released a CCTV image as part of an appeal to trace wanted man, Matthew Shipman.

The 43-year-old is wanted in connection with burglaries on the Isle of Wight, and police continue to appeal for information on his whereabouts.

"This is in response to reports we’ve had of doorstep sellers, colloquially known by some as Nottingham Knockers, attending people’s addresses and stealing from them," said a spokesperson for Hampshire Constabulary.

"If you have come into contact with this sort of individual and have concerns please contact police immediately.

"On August 1 of this year, a man entered the home address of a woman in her 90s from Freshwater, left some household items in her home and then took money from her purse whilst she lay in bed.

"The same woman was targeted again on November 25, during a similar incident in which money was again taken.

"Typically what’s being reported to us is that elderly and vulnerable people have been visited at their home address, and have been charged extortionate prices for standard cleaning products such as dish cloths.

"On one such occasion, a vulnerable person parted with their bank details and had close to £300 taken.

"The person at the door has come across as friendly and approachable, but we want people to be aware of the risks that illegal doorstep sellers pose and to please report things to us immediately so we can assess the circumstances."

"We are investigating recent reports and conducting enquiries. As part of our investigation we would like to locate and speak with Matthew Shipman.

"He also goes under a number of aliases including Robert Wilson, Matthew Duffield, Matthew Harvey, Terence King and Andrew Shipman.

"He is described as white, approximately 5ft 11ins tall, medium build, with very short brown hair and hazel eyes.

"We are also sharing a recent image of him wearing a coat and scarf, and a black baseball cap with a diamond style logo on.

"If you see him, please dial 999."

If you have elderly friends, family or neighbours living on the Isle of Wight, you should make them aware of the risks and share police advice with them.

If you have been affected by this type of crime, and haven’t yet reported it to police, or have information about the incidents referenced in the appeal, you should call police immediately on 101, quoting 44210305357.

You can contact them online at www.hampshire.police.uk/ro/report/ocr/af/how-to-report-a-crime/