Theft suspect racially abused shop worker
A SUSPECTED thief hurled a volley of racial abuse at a shop assistant who challenged him over a bottle of wine.
The worker approached the yob at Tesco Express in Wigan Road after seeing him hide a bottle of wine under his jacket.
The would-be thief, who was with a woman, placed the £5 bottle of wine on the floor before shouting racist abuse at the assistant.
They then left the store and walked towards Bolton town centre. Nothing was stolen during the incident on Friday, October 4, at 9.20pm.
Police are now looking for the man and the woman he was with in connection with racially aggravated public order and attempted theft.
Insp Andy Sidebotham, from Bolton Central Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “The shop worker was simply doing his job when he was subjected to abuse by a man who he saw hide a bottle of wine underneath his jacket.
“People working in shops do not deserve to abused in such a way and police will always to their utmost to arrest people responsible for crimes of this sort.
“I would appeal to anyone who recognises the people pictured to get in touch with police.”
The man is described as being a 5ft 2ins, of a stocky build with a shaved head. He had stubble and was “grubby looking”.
He was wearing a black Barbour jacket, blue jeans and black trainers.
The woman had a white jacket, blue jeans, black hair and a thin face.
People who recognise the suspects are asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.