Police want help trying to identify this man in connection with the assault (Image: West Midlands Police)
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A shopper was punched in the face and left with cuts and "significant" bruises – because he politely asked a woman not to touch the items he was going to buy.
Police say the victim, 38, was verbally abused and hit in a branch of Asda by a thug who is believed to be a friend or partner of the woman.
Officers are now investigating the attack, which took place in Wolverhampton, West Midlands at roughly 2.30pm on December 21.
West Midlands Police has released an image of a man in a blue gilet they would like to speak to in connection with the assault.
The assault took place in an Asda store in Wolverhampton
(Image: West Midlands Police)
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A spokesman for the force said: "We’re appealing for information after a man was assaulted after politely asking a woman not to touch items she wasn’t going to buy in Asda, Whitmore Reans.
"The 38-year-old was verbally abused and punched in the face by a man wearing a blue gilet.
"We believe the man responsible for the assault is the woman’s friend or partner.
"We're appealing to trace this man in connection with the assault, can you help identify him?
"It happened at the Jack Hayward Way store just before 2.30pm on 21 December.
"The victim sustained cuts to his face and significant bruises, but did not require hospital treatment.
"As part of our investigation we’ve released CCTV images of the suspect, and we’re asking for your help to identify him.
"If you have any details please get in touch via Live Chat at www.west-midlands.police.uk 8am – midnight, or by calling 101 anytime.
"To remain 100% anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Please quote crime number 20WV/318359H/20."