POLICE want to speak to a man accused of racially abusing and assaulting a pub landlord.
The suspect, pictured inset, became aggressive towards Vladimir Nasadovich, the landlord of the George and Dragon pub, in Kingston Road, Portsmouth.
He entered the pub with a group of friends and immediately began questioning Mr Nasadovich, who has been running the pub for 10 years.
He said: ‘The group were no problem, it was just one of them.
‘He started being rude to me. He was asking a lot of questions like where are you from, why have you got this pub, why are you here, what are you doing here?
‘I didn’t want any conflict so I went to the other side of the bar.
We never have trouble like thisVladimir Nasadovich
‘After that he started to smoke in the pub.
‘I told him he wasn’t allowed in the pub because he was smoking and he suddenly could not understand me – even though before that he could understand every word I said.
‘He then grabbed my ears and pulled me down. It was painful.’
The attacker was ordered out of the pub by Mr Nasadovich, who is Russian, and on his way out he hurled expletives across the room.
Mr Nasadovich did not suffer any injuries but said he was shocked by what happened and it left his other customers feeling uneasy.
The pub was once a place drinkers steered clear of but Mr Nasadovich has turned it around.
He said: ‘For the first two years there was a lot of trouble as I sorted the pub out.
‘Now it is a good pub with sports teams, singles meet-ups, and people from all walks of life.
‘We never have trouble like this.’
The whole incident, which happened at 7pm on Tuesday, May 5, was captured on CCTV.
The man police want to speak to is white, aged in his 40s, of medium build and balding.
Anyone with information about the incident or who the man may be should call PC George Ward on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.