Essex police have launched an appeal for the identification of a man in connection with a theft and an incident of racially aggravated assault.

It was reported a man had stolen alcohol from Sainsbury’s on Church Hill, Loughton, shortly before 9pm on May 25.

A security guard detained the man who then became racially abusive and assaulted him.

If you recognise the man pictured or have any other information please call us on 101 quoting the crime reference number 42/82002/19 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.