A LONE female was left shaken and upset after a man made an obscene gesture.

Police are searching for the suspect following the incident at about 11.30am on Friday on Lightship Way, The Hythe, Colchester.

A spokeman for Essex Police said: "The victim, who is in her 20s and lives in the town, described the man as white, aged approximately 30-years-old, of stocky build, around 5ft 10ins tall, with a stubbly beard, brown eyes and straight brown hair.

"He was wearing a navy blue fleeced top and a pair of dark trousers.

"The victim was left shaken after the incident."

Anybody with any information is asked to contact PC Andy Gudgin at Colchester police station on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.