West Midlands detectives have appealed for the public's help in solving an alleged £1 million cheque fraud which has hit companies across the country.

Police released this CCTV image (below) of a person officers are keen to speak to in connection with the investigation.

Twenty-three companies across England and Wales have been targeted by offenders using chequebooks found inside a stolen BMW car.

A force spokesman said the vehicle was taken from West Bromwich in April last year and one of the two chequebooks found inside the vehicle was used to order goods some months later.

Offenders, who use various names, promise to pay for the items using a bank transfer and request the company's bank details.

A stolen cheque is then paid into the company account a few days later.

Some firms realise the funds have not cleared and refuse to release the goods, others assume the credit is from a bank transfer and let their goods go to delivery drivers collecting for the offenders.

A force spokesman said: "The average value of orders placed is around £20,000, with a total now reaching almost £1 million.

"Items ordered include industrial cookers, fridges, gas burners, microwaves, locks and latches, window fitting equipment, copper piping, air conditioning and also plasma televisions and HGV tyres."

The cheques are usually banked in the Midlands, particularly in Dudley, Wolver-hampton, Birmingham, Coventry and Smethwick.