A bag of flour was thrown at a parking warden while he was on duty.

The incident happened outside a florists in High Street, Bushey, at around 10am last Thursday.

Images surfaced on social media of the 62-year-old warden who was in his full uniform with his head and jumper covered in flour. The post, which appeared in a group, was deleted a short while later.

Police have described the suspect as white, in his early to mid-twenties, around 5ft 9in tall, with dark hair.

Hertsmere Borough Council has responded to the incident.

The chief executive of the council, Donald Graham, said: “We have worked hard to develop a parking enforcement scheme that is reasonable and fair to motorists in our borough. Our enforcement officers have the right to carry out their duties without facing this kind of intimidating and upsetting behaviour.

"Hertsmere Borough Council takes workplace abuse, whether in person, over the telephone or on email, extremely seriously and we always encourage staff to report any instance of abuse so that preventative measures can be taken, and the strongest penalties brought against offenders.

“No one should have to endure abuse or violence for simply carrying out their job and actively encourage our staff to report instances of physical and verbal aggression directed towards them. We have reported this incident to the police.”

Anyone with any information about the incident should call 101 quoting crime reference number 41/5129/18.