A WOMAN working in a betting shop was left feeling "very distressed" after being verbally abused by a customer in Westcliff.

On Thursday April 3, a man walked into Coral Racing on Hamlet Court Road at some point between 10am and 10.15am and threatened the female member of staff.

Police officers investigating the matter have released CCTV images of a male they want to speak with in connection to the incident.

Anyone who recognises the man in the photograph or has information about the incident should contact Pc Ann Bush at Southend Police Station on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.