POLICE are looking for a man after a woman was verbally abused.

Officers investigating a public order offence have released an e-fit image of a man they would like to speak to.

A police spokesman said: "We were called with reports that a man had been verbally abusive and threatening towards a woman as she walked near to Woden Avenue in Stanway on Wednesday, July 17.

"The man was described as being aged in his 40s, of a slim build, with short cropped hair and a beard.

"He had tattoos on his arm and calves and was cycling on an old-style black racing bike."

Anyone with information are asked to contact Colchester Police Station on 101 or independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting crime reference number, quoting crime reference 42/107885/19.