POLICE investigating damage made to a statue of a Jamaican poet in Bristol have released an image of a man they want to talk to.

Avon and Somerset police were informed that an unknown substance had been applied to the bust of Alfred Fagon, in St Pauls, on 11 June.

The substance is understood to have been corrosive.

Residents were concerned that it may have been vandalised as some kind of a reprisal as it took place a few days after the toppling of the Edward Colston statue during the Black Lives Matter protest.

But other witnesses thought it was an attempt to clean the bust.

The police's image shows a man standing on an upturned bin looking at the statue.

Mr Fagon was the first black person to be honoured with a statue in the city.