Two men are wanted after licking their hands and smearing them over food in a Morecambe supermarket

A supermarket in Morecambe has been forced to destroy hundreds of pounds worth of food after two men licked their hands and wiped them over food and fridge handles.

The men walked in to Sainsbury's in Lancaster Road, Morecambe on Saturday, April 4 and contaminated food by smearing their hands over it.

At around 1.45pm, the pair shocked customers when they made a show of licking their hands and wiping them over meat, fresh produce and fridge handles.

The store had to be thoroughly disinfected and staff were forced to destroy hundreds of pounds of produce.

Police have today (Wednesday, April 8) released CCTV footage of two men they want to identify after the incident at Sainsbury's in Morecambe at 1.45pm on April 4. Pic: Lancashire Police

Police have today released CCTV footage of the men in a bid to identify them.

One man is described as aged in his early 20s, with black hair, as well as facial hair.

He was wearing a black jacket, black tracksuit bottoms and grey trainers.

The other man is similarly described and is also believed to be in his early 20s. He also had dark hair, as well as facial hair.

He had been wearing a black jacket, white hoody, black tracksuit bottoms and hiking boots.

Insp James Martin, of West Police, said: "That anyone could think this sort of behaviour is appropriate or amusing even in normal times is beyond me but at this time of crisis when many people have been faced with empty shelves in some shops is flabbergasting.

"It is utterly despicable and I would appeal for anyone who knows who these people are to get in touch.

"I would also urge the individuals involved to do the right thing and come forward to speak to us – you must surely know that what you have done is wrong.

"During this current time we have seen many examples of people displaying the very best of humanity.

"This pair are sadly displaying some of the worst."

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting log number 0693 of April 4.