CCTV images have been released after a shop worker was punched and slapped in an "unprovoked attack".

Detectives today issued an appeal for information to the assault that dates back to the summer.

It happened at around 9am on Monday, July 20, when a man entered Lavelles on Marshalls Cross Road and was asked by the member of staff to remove his baseball cap as per shop policy.

The man 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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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.

“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."

Anyone with information is asked to contact police via @MerPolCC on Twitter or 'Merseyside Police Contact Centre' on Facebook with reference 20000427547, or call the independent charity @CrimestoppersUK anonymously on 0800 555111.

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