Police in Manchester have released CCTV footage of a man they want to question about a racially motivated crime at a service station.

The man ran into Pemberton Service Station on Ormskirk Road, Pemberton, Wigan and threw a large piece of raw bacon at the attendant.

The incident happened at the Pemberton Service Station on Ormskirk Road, Pemberton, Wigan, at about 4.30am on 25 November 2013.

The attendant, who is Asian, was working alone in the station when the door opened and the offender threw the slice of raw bacon. He then ran out of the shop and up Ormskirk Road towards Orrell.

The offender is described as being white, about 5ft 8in tall, of a medium build and with short dark hair.

He was wearing a bright green and black chequered snood covering the lower part of his face and head, a black jacket with two white stripes down each arm and a white line under the arms, baggy light blue jeans and dark trainers with white laces and a white rim around the bottom.

Police Constable Roy Lunio said: “Because of the connotations attached to the meat and the fact it was deliberately thrown at a Asian man, we are treating this as a racially motivated crime.

“To target someone in this way, simply because of their religion or race, is utterly abhorrent and the offender should be ashamed of themself. This is not a prank, this is not funny or a laugh, it is a very serious and cowardly thing to do and we need to trace him.

“I would urge people to look carefully at the CCTV image and if you think you recognise the offender, please come forward.

“Similarly, if you know the culprit and you hear him bragging about what he has done, do the right thing and call us. We cannot allow members of our community to be targeted in this racist way, so please do what is right and come forward.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the police on 101 or they can contact Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.