THESE two men are suspected of a vicious attack on a bus driver which left him with a fractured cheek.
Fedor Prihradsky endured a torrent of foul-mouthed abuse from two thugs he picked up from Palmerston Road, Southsea, when he asked them to take their feet off the seats.
The 45-year-old bus driver stopped to let out passengers outside the shops on Allaway Avenue, in Paulsgrove, where he was again confronted by the pair.
They then forced their way back onto the empty bus and started punching, kicking and racially abusing him.
As his attackers fled, Mr Prihradsky snapped a picture with his cameraphone which he hopes will lead to them being identified.
He said: ‘I had seen one of them before and I asked him to take his feet off the seat.
‘He became aggressive but with my supervisor’s help I removed him from the bus – and when I picked him up again he remembered me.
‘When I saw them at the door there was this feeling, you could feel it in the air, and I knew they weren’t coming back for a friendly chat.
‘I said “leave me alone” and then everything happened very fast. Suddenly I had blood all down my face.
‘I’ve stopped working the route because I worry about seeing them again. I have worked for First for five years and you get a lot of abuse – but nothing like this before.’
Police have released two e-fit images of men they want question to following the assault, which took place between 6.40pm and 6.50pm on Friday September 9.
Both men are between 18 and 20, around 5ft 8in tall, and skinny with short brown hair. They both had paint on their clothes.
Detective Constable Chris Dinenage said: ‘This was a despicable crime against a hard-working member of our community. The driver had to suffer a torrent of abuse throughout the journey and when he tried to stand his ground, the men attacked him. He has been left very shaken by this incident.
‘This type of crime will not be tolerated by our community and we need to bring these offenders to justice.’
Anyone with information call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.