A 12-year-old girl was punched in the face while shopping at a Sainsbury’s with her friend.

The yob had tried to steal the girl’s handbag at the checkout but was unable to reach it.

So police say he thumped the youngster instead.

He only stopped after another customer intervened in the supermarket in Chesham, Bucks, at around 1.45pm on Saturday November 3.

Luckily, the child avoided injury in the attack.

Thames Valley Police today released CCTV images of a man they’d like to talk to in connection to the offence.

A spokesman for the force said: "A 12-year-old girl and a friend were queuing to pay for items in Sainsbury’s in Elgiva Lane, Chesham, Bucks.

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"Whilst waiting in the queue, they were approached by a man who tried to take her purse. She stepped back from him so that he was unable to reach it. The man then punched her in the face.

"A member of the public stepped in between them and the two friends then left the shop. The victim was not injured and nothing was stolen during the incident."

Police constable Luke Bond, based at Amersham police station, said: "I am appealing for anyone who recognises this man or who witnessed this incident to contact the police.

"I am particularly keen to trace the member of the public who intervened as I believe they may have vital information."

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