ROMSEY community leaders have branded an assault on a shop worker "totally unacceptable", it has been revealed.

As reported, police issued a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to after a can of drink was thrown at a member of staff at the Esso garage in Greatbridge Road, causing a cut to his head.

The incident happened at 6.30am and police want to speak with this man, who left the Esso garage as a passenger in a white van.

Now, one councillor has said there "is absolutely no excuse" for someone to assault a worker, adding they "deserve some respect".

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Cllr Dorothy Baverstock, who represents Romsey Cupernham on Test Valley Borough Council (TVBC), said: "I just feel that there is absolutely no excuse for anybody to assault someone else. "It is not to be condoned at any time of the day and if you are a shop worker you deserve some respect.

"Nobody has the right to threaten or attack another human being."

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She added: "I used to work at The Romsey School, which is just down the road from the petrol station, and during term time there were a lot of children who would go into that garage.

"If children see adults behaving like that then they may copy it."

Cllr John Parker, who represents Romsey Tadburn on the borough council, added the assault is was "totally unacceptable".

Romsey Advertiser: Cllr John ParkerCllr John Parker

The incident occurred on June 23.

Anyone who recognises the man, who has any information, can call police on 101, quoting the reference number 44200227637.

Alternatively they can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

This comes after Hampshire police launched a search for a man who performed a sex act in front of a woman who was out for a run.

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Officers say that shortly after 9am on Monday, July 27, the woman was running down a public footpath on Katrine Crescent, Chandler's Ford, when she headed towards Flexford Road.

She then saw the man, who she did not know, expose himself and perform an "indecent act".