A DAD-OF-TWO is in the running to be named the UK’s sexiest vegan.

Byron Higgins, 29, of Oak Apple Close, Colchester, is a finalist in the competition run by animal charity Peta.

The Waitrose checkout worker has been a vegetarian for years but turned vegan last year after seeing footage of cruelty in animal farming.

He said: “A lot of people stereotype vegans. I want to show I look really good and it is cool. Young people are doing it.”

The winner of will be decided by a combination of public votes and a panel of judges.

To vote for Mr Higgins visit features.peta.org.uk/sexiestvegan- 2014/Finalists.aspx