Police are looking for a suspect who allegedly “grabbed his victim around the neck” in an attempted robbery in Epsom.

The incident is believed to have happened at the junction of Laburnum Road between 8.15 and 8.30pm on November 18.

Police said the victim had just dropped his family at home and was heading back towards Epsom to pick up some food.

At the junction of Laburnum Road, the offender allegedly stepped out in front of the victim and demanded money.

A spokeswoman for Surrey Police said: “The victim refused and attempted to continue walking at which point the offender grabbed the victim around the neck and both ended up on the floor.

“As a result the victim ended up with a slight nose bleed and black eye and it’s believed the offender may have received similar injuries.”

The offender has been described as a white male, 5’9” tall and of stocky build. He was wearing dark coloured clothing, including a facial covering which obscured most of his face.

Investigating officer Police Constable Nick Eagle, said: “We are keen to identify this offender and ensure he is not able to target members of the public.

“On this occasion he has picked on someone who was able to defend himself, the next person may not be so fortunate.”

If you have any information, contact 10, quoting reference number PR/45180123211.

Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.