A Leyland supermarket worker has been left with head injuries after challenging a man who tried to steal lamb joints.
The duty manager of the ASDA store on Towngate was assaulted by the man, who tried to leave the shop with two lamb joints without paying for them.
The thief managed to get away, leaving the worker with an injury to the back of his head, and police have now released a CCTV image of the man they are trying to trace.
The incident happened at around 12.45pm on Sunday, March 2, and officers are now appealing to the public for help in tracing the offender.
PC Felipe Garcia said: “This was an unacceptable assault on a man who was simply trying to do his job in stopping someone who was attempted to steal from the store.
“Our lines of enquiry have proved unsuccessful in the month since the offences happened, and so we would appeal for anyone who may have been in the store at the time and saw what happened, or anyone with any information that could help us to trace the person responsible, to come forward.”
The offender is described as a white man or boy, approximately 168cms in height.
At the time of the offences, he was wearing a black and beige ‘bob hat’, a black jacket and black tracksuit pants.
Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting log number LC-20140302-0677.
Alternatively, information can be passed on via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, or on-line at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.