A MAN was attacked as he stepped in to stick up for workers at a Chelmsford convenience store who were being racially abused.

Two men were spouting racist, threatening and abusive language at staff in PJ Foodstore on Writtle Road at about 7.45pm on Saturday.

One man then intervened and the two men turned on him. The man was punched several times and left with cuts and bruises on his face.

The two yobs then ran away.

Chief Insp Ronnie Egan, the district commander for Chelmsford, said: "We're looking to speak to the two men.

"One was white, aged between 23 and 24,slim and about 5ft 7in tall. He had short, cropped blonde hair and stubble. He was wearing a white jumper and blue jeans.

"The other man was also white, 21-years-old, 5ft 10in tall with short ginger hair. He was wearing a dark jumper and jeans."

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact PC Theresa Booth at Chelmsford station on 101.