POLICE have released an image of a man they want to trace after a Sainsbury’s staff member was assaulted when she confronted a shoplifter in Ringwood.
A man was seen leaving the store in Meeting House Lane without paying for several bottles of alcohol sometime between 1.35pm and 2pm last Friday.
The female staff member approached him and asked him to return to the shop, but he spat at her and walked off.
The offender is described as 20-26 years old, around 6ft tall, mixed race, slim build, with short brown hair.
He was wearing a black tracksuit top with the letters “MAX” on the back, black tracksuit bottoms and black and white trainers.
People are being urged to come forward if they know the man shown in the picture or if they may have seen the incident take place.
Anyone with information should contact Hampshire officers on 101, quoting crime reference number 44190152156, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.