A MAN has stolen a cash box from a dental surgery in Colchester.

Officers have released an e-fit of the suspect following the theft in Bromley Road on May 16.

A spokesman for Essex Police said: "A man entered the practice around 11.30am and while a member of staff was distracted he took a metal cash box."

He is gaunt, aged in his late twenties to early thirties, was wearing a white and blue flat peaked cap, a jacket and jeans and he had fair hair.

Anyone who recognises the man is urged to contact investigating officer PC Shane Wills at Colchester Police Station on 101.