Police are hunting two masked men after they stormed a bookies in a botched robbery and assaulted a member of staff.

Ladbrokes has handed over CCTV to the police after the duo burst into its shop in Newland Street, Witham, on Tuesday night.

An Essex Police spokesman said the men assaulted a woman who worked at the bookmakers before running off empty-handed.

He added: “The police helicopter carried out a search of the area, assisted by colleagues on the ground, but to no avail."