A THIEF stole alcohol and assaulted a security guard.

The criminal stole two bottles of rum from Asda in Abbey Meads, then brusised the lip of the guard when he was challenged on the way out of the shop.

The incident happened on Thursday January 17, at around 5pm.

Swindon South Police have released a CCTV image of a man who they say is the culprit in a bid to identify him and bring him to justice.

Anyone who recognises the man pictured or who has any more information about the incident should call police immediately on 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.