A MAN racially abused a cashier when he couldn't pay for a pasty on Christmas Eve.

Police are calling for anyone with information to come forward after the incident, which happened at the Bath Road service station in Bournemouth at around 7am.

The man, who is believed to have been drunk, attempted to use contactless on his mobile phone to pay for the pasty and get cashback.

When the cashier said the means of payment was not accepted at the service station, the man became verbally abusive and made racist comments.

The cashier pressed a panic alarm in the kiosk, and the man left and got into a taxi.

Detectives investigating said the vehicle took him to Queens Road in Christchurch.

PC Mike Faulkner, of Bournemouth police, has now released CCTV of a man officers wish to speak to in connection with the incident.

To speak to officers, visit dorset.police.uk or call 101, quoting occurrence number 55170198568.