DETECTIVES have released an e-fit of a man they want to speak to following a sex offence in Colchester.

A man exposed himself in an alleyway off Hamlet Drive, Colchester, in full public view.

He carried out an indecent act on himself at 1.20pm on Friday, June 6.

Officers have tried to find the man themselves and are now appealing for help from the public.

The man is believed to have been spying on a woman through a gap in her garden.

He ran off when he was spotted.

The man is white, with dark brown short cropped hair.

He was in his early 20s, of slim to medium build and was wearing dark blue denim shorts, a grey t-shirt and had light stubble on his face.

If you recognise the man please call PC Keith Sargeant at Colchester police station on 101.

People can also leave details anonymously by calling independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.