POLICE are hunting a suspected burglar who tried to break open a back door with a crowbar.
Detectives are treating the incident in Kingsley Lane, Benfleet, as an attempted burglary and are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.
A man was unsuccessful in his attempts to open the door to a property and eventually left the scene.
A police spokesman said: “The suspect is described as a white male, with grey and possibly facial hair, wearing a woolly hat and dark clothing.
“He was carrying a dark duffel bag and a black crow bar.”
The incident happened around 4.15pm on Tuesday.
Anyone who knows the man or has CCTV / camera doorbell footage of anyone matching this description in the area should contact Castle Point and Rochford CID quoting reference 42/18673/22.