A BOOTS staff member was kicked in the face after more than £1,000 worth of stock was shoplifted.

At just before 1pm yesterday, two men entered the Boots store in Market Place, Wantage and placed more than £1,000 worth of facial cream products into a rucksack.

They then left the store, and when challenged by a staff member, an altercation took place, resulting in the offenders kicking the member of staff in the face, causing a suspected broken nose, cuts, swelling and bruising around the eyes.

The victim was treated by paramedics, but was not taken to hospital.

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Investigating officer PC Jamie Gosling, based at Wantage police station, said: “I am releasing these images of two people who I believe may have important information that can assist my investigation into this incident.

“I am appealing to anybody who recognises either of the men in these images to please contact police on 101, quoting reference number 43210083009 or make a report online.

“Alternatively, you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111.

“If you believe you are one of the men in these images, please get in touch with police.”