CASH and an iPad were stolen from a staff room at a Colchester restaurant. 

The items were taken from Nando's, in Head Street, Colchester last night shortly before 10pm.

Officers carried out a ground search with the help of the police helicopter.

A 31-year-old man from Brentwood was arrested near to the railway line, off Cowdray Avenue, at about 10.45pm. 

The man is being questioned at Colchester police station on suspicion of theft.