POLICE have released a picture of a man they want to speak to in relation to a “brutal” attack on a pensioner.

The 78-year-old man was thrown to the floor and kicked in the head after he tried to stop a man and a woman who were attempting to shoplift from Boots Pharmacy, in Blackburn Street, Radcliffe.

The elderly victim was left with two black eyes, swelling and cuts and bruises all over his nose and cheeks. He was taken to hospital for treatment and was said to be “incredibly shaken” by the incident.

Following the attack, at around 9.30am on Thursday March 21, police have been searching for the two people involved.

Officers believe the first offender is a white man, around 6ft 2in tall and of slim build.

He was wearing a black coat, dark trousers and dark trainers.

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The second offender is described as a white woman, around 5ft 2in tall and of slim build.

She was wearing a khaki green coat, pink and purple trainers and spoke with a Manchester accent.

Now, officers have released a picture showing a hooded man who they would like to speak to in connection with this attack.

Chief inspector Phil Spurgeon, of GMP’s Bury district, condemned the assault and called on anyone with information to come forward.

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He said: “This was a brutal attack on an honest member of the public who was only trying to do what he believed was the right thing.

“We’re doing everything we can to trace those responsible, and now I’m appealing for the public’s help.

“I appreciate the image is not the best quality, but if you recognise this man or think you have any information about this incident then please get in touch with police as soon as possible.”

Anyone with any information about the assault can contact police on 0161 856 8172 quoting incident number 0557 of 21/03/2019.

Information can be passed on anonymously by calling the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.