A 17-YEAR-OLD boy was left with a broken tooth after being punched in the face in an unprovoked assault on a bus.
The victim – who does not know his attacker – was a passenger on the number 40 First Bus service.
It was travelling from Wecock Farm to Portsmouth when the teenager was set upon.
The attacker stood up near the boy to wait for his stop just after the bus had passed Queen Alexandra Hospital in Northern Road, Cosham.
Then, in full view of shocked passengers he launched his assault on the boy, who was sitting down, punching him in the face and breaking a tooth.
The victim, from North End, Portsmouth, tried to protect himself and block further attacks as the bus continued its journey.
Then, the attacker – who may have been drinking – calmly got off the bus at his stop.
Officers have released this CCTV image of the man taken on the bus in the hope of tracking him down.
The bus driver has given a statement to police and officers are keen to hear from anyone who saw the assault.
PC Trevor Peckham, who is investigating the attack, which happened shortly after 6pm on Monday, said: ‘This incident happened on a bus travelling from Wecock Farm towards Portsmouth.
‘This type of incident is extremely uncommon on a bus service. I would like to thank First Bus company for their assistance with our investigation.
‘The bus was busy with other passengers who were clearly alarmed by what had happened. Anyone who may have seen what happened or can help identify the man in the CCTV image is asked to contact us.’
Karen Baxter from First Group said: ‘We hope that the customer who sustained injuries as part of this incident makes a fully and speedy recovery and that this does not deter him, or others, from using public transport. We would stress that such incidents are exceptionally rare.’
Call PC Peckham on 101.