A thug attempted to rob two young women during an early morning incident in Colchester.

The victims, aged 19 and 20, were walking across the bridge in Colne Causeway at about 3.50am on Thursday, November 22, when a man approached them and demanded they had over their phones and property.

When they said they did not have anything on them, he fled the scene.

Essex Police have released a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to in connection with the attempted robbery.

A spokesman said: "We appreciate it is not the clearest image but hope someone might have seen him."

Witnesses should contact Colchester CID on 101, quoting reference 42/170550/18.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or online at Crimestoppers-uk.org.