A MILKMAN who was attacked while on his rounds in Chester is so traumatised he has now quit his job.

The 32-year-old man, who worked for Briscoe’s Dairy near Tarvin, was assaulted at 12.50am on Friday, July 26, while delivering milk to a medical practice in Hoole.

An unknown thug punched him repeatedly as he sat in his milk float and demanded to be chauffeur-driven around the area. The victim finally sought refuge in a petrol station on Hoole Road.

Dairy owner Graham Briscoe told The Standard the employee had now sadly decided to leave the company after what happened.

“The chap was very badly shaken up by it,” he said. “He has since left the company as he is too terrified to go back out on his own at 2 or 3am.

“He worked for a few more days afterwards but then said he couldn’t face it anymore. He was obviously traumatised by it.”

Police released a CCTV image of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the assault.

The attacker is said to have displayed “threatening behaviour”, telling the victim that he was going to steal the milk float.

The milkman managed to drive away and began to phone the police.

But when he reached the next delivery stop, the suspect had caught up with him on foot and lay down in front of his milk float preventing him from being able to drive away.

He then reportedly punched the victim a number of times and managed to get into his vehicle. After being ordered to drive around the area, the victim was able to reach a place of safety at the petrol station.

The suspect then punched the victim again before making off.

He is described as white, around 5ft 8ins tall, and was wearing a T-shirt with the words ‘Just Do It’ on the front. He was also wearing dark shorts with a dark coloured bag on the left side of his body.

Mr Briscoe said his employee had told him the attacker had a “look in his eyes” as though he was on drugs of some kind.

He added that such incidents were thankfully rare.

“Around 15 years ago some lads drove off in one of our milk floats,” he said. “They didn’t attack anyone though and ended up getting stuck on a grass verge.”

PC Georgia Hughes, of Chester Local Policing Unit, said: “This was a terrifying ordeal for the victim who understandably has been left shaken by what happened.

“While we continue to follow a number of lines of enquiry, I believe the man in the CCTV image may have information which could help with our investigation. I want to appeal to him, and anyone else who has information, to come forward.”

Anyone who has any information is asked to contact Cheshire Police on 101 quoting IML 467478, Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or email