Police have released CCTV after an attempted robbery outside Essex University.

The incident happened at around 1.30am on Friday, November 30.

A woman, aged in her 20s, was walking outside the campus when a man grabbed her arm and attempted to take her purse and phone.

He has been described as being 5ft 8in, of an average build, aged between 25 and 30 and had ginger hair and an untidy beard.

Anyone with information is asked to call Colchester police station on 101 quoting crime reference 42/175106/18 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.