Police in Blackpool are appealing for information and have released the following CCTV images
The incident happened on December 2nd outside the Bargain Booze on Holmfield Road.
The attacker made an attempt to steal newspapers that had been left for the shop, but was caught by the shopkeeper in the act.
The would-be-thief then made his way back to the shop where the incident took place.
He reportedly spat at the shop owners and subjected the to racial abuse.
Police say he also assaulted the mans wife.
They've posted the following message on facebook: