A MAN told a bereaved shop worker 'I hope you get Covid' after rubbing his hands over the bag-packing area in a Co-op store.

The man became abusive and called the female shop worker 'rude' for not putting his change into his hand.

But the woman, who has lost a loved one to coronavirus, said she was simply complying with Covid guidance.

Now police have released CCTV images of a man they would like to speak to following the incident in the store in Wimborne Road, Moordown.

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At around 4.15pm on Tuesday January 5 a man approached a member of staff at Co-Op in Wimborne Road in Moordown and paid for a number of items in cash. When the member of staff put his change down on the counter the man called her ‘rude’ and became abusive.

The victim said she was complying with guidance due to Covid-19 and the man responded by rubbing his hands all over the bag packing area. He then told the staff member ‘I hope you get Covid’ before leaving the store.

Police Community Support Investigator Chris Wilson, of Dorset Police, said: "This incident was particularly upsetting for the victim as she had lost a loved one to coronavirus and we are keen to identify the man involved.

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"I am releasing CCTV images of a man we would like to speak to as part of our investigation and would urge anyone with information as to his identity to please contact us."

Information to Dorset Police on 101, quoting occurrence number 55210002187, or the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.