A shoplifter attempted to steal meat from a store before tipping the contents out of a bag, police have said.

Hampshire Police are investigating the incident at M&S in Whiteley Shopping Centre on March 16.

It was reported that shortly before 11am a man tried to steal meat worth £250.

On attempting to leave the store, the man was challenged by security staff.

He then tipped out meat from a bag before verbally abusing staff and leaving M&S.

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The man has been described as white, aged in his 50s, of medium build with grey/brown hair.

Officers are now looking to speak to a man, pictured, in relation to this and other similar incidents.

A spokesperson from Hampshire Constabulary said: “Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting the crime reference number 44240114365.

“Alternatively, you can report information via our website.”