A shop volunteer was punched at the counter after asking a man to remove his baseball cap.
The sickening attack which left the victim with cuts and grazes took place after the culprit entered a convenience store in St Helens.
Today Merseyside Police issued grainy CCTV of a male they believe may have information on the attack, at Lavelles on Marshalls Cross Road.
The violent scenes appear to have been triggered by the customer’s unhappiness at being asked by the male staff member, described by police as a volunteer, to take off his baseball cap – in line with the shop’s rules.
The attack took place around 9am on Monday, July 20 but CCTV stills of man police want to trace, including one of him riding a bike, were released on Wednesday.
Detectives are issuing images of a male who may have information following the assault of a member of staff at a St Helens convenience store in July.
A Merseyside Police spokesman said: “The male was asked by the member of staff to remove his baseball cap as per shop policy.
“The male approached the counter to pay for his goods and punched and slapped the member of staff, causing cuts and grazes. The suspect then left.”
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Appealing for information, Detective Inspector Jackie Guinness said: “This was a completely unprovoked attack on a vulnerable adult who volunteers at the shop.
“To be assaulted when carrying out such work for a local business is completely abhorrent and we are continuing to work with the business in investigating.
Detectives are issuing images of a male who may have information after a shop worker was attacked by a man in St Helens after he was asked to remove his baseball cap (Image: Merseyside Police)
Our CCTV enquiries have so far been negative, so we’re circulating these images to the public.
“If you recognise the person in these images or have any information about the incident, let us know and we will take action.”
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Anyone with information is asked to contact the police’s social media desk @MerPolCC on Twitter or ‘ Merseyside Police Contact Centre’ on Facebook with reference 20000427547.
You can also call the independent charity @CrimestoppersUK anonymously on 0800 555 111 and via their online form at: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information.