Police are keen to speak to anyone who may have been aboard or nearby the Number Six bus in Hove at around 11:35pm on Wednesday 17th January, when an attack on the driver took place.
The victim (who was in his 50s) sustained a cut to the inside of his right eye, in which he had to have stitches, as well as heavy bruising and swelling.
The perpetrator is described as a white man, aged 25-35. He is about 6ft, of medium build, with short brown hair swept over at the front. He was wearing a suit style jacket, white shirt and dark trousers.
He boarded the bus on Western Road, Brighton, opposite Waitrose supermarket, and attempted to travel without paying. When the driver refused him entry he struck him in the face.
The suspect was carrying a bottle and was apparently drunk, and may have come from a nearby gathering. After the assault he got off the bus and made off West along Western Road.
PC Matt Smith, investigating the case, has said: “The victim, a driver for Brighton & Hove buses, was just doing his job when he was subjected to this unprovoked and violent attack.
“It has left him with a nasty injury and badly shaken, such that he has yet to return to work.”
Anyone with any information is asked to report it online or call 101, quoting serial 1356 of 17/1.
Alternatively, please visit the Crimestoppers website or contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.