MUM Lisa Noakes has told of her anger after a man assaulted her five-year-old son on a bus.
Little Lewis Thompson was travelling on the number 40 bus from Commercial Road in Landport, Portsmouth, when the attacker struck.
The stranger in his 40s – who seemed drunk – pulled the tot off his seat and began to pinch him.
Lisa yelled at the man to get off him and pulled her son back onto the seat.
Then the man leant over again and tried to grab him above his knees.
Lisa, 26, of Gladys Avenue, in North End, Portsmouth, said: ‘He had obviously had a few drinks.
‘Lewis being a child, thought he was playing.
‘He leaned over to Lewis and grabbed his legs and pulled him off the seat.
‘I said “what do you think you’re doing?”
‘As he pulled him off the seat he went to pinch him.
‘I pulled Lewis back and then he went to touch above his knees. I was so angry.’
Other passengers on the bus got involved and Lewis and his mum moved to the front of the bus.
The man got off at Kingston Crescent and Miss Noakes later alerted the police.
She said: ‘I’m quite upset about it.
‘I’m disturbed about it – you don’t touch other people’s kids.
‘I hope someone comes forward who knows where he lives.’
PC Matt Bavin is now calling for witnesses to the assault, which happened at about 7.30pm on October 1.
Police have previously issued a CCTV image of the suspect.
PC Bavin said: ‘The man eventually got off the bus on Kingston Road.
‘While this may have been a practical joke taken too far, the man’s behaviour was still unacceptable.
‘The boy was not seriously injured but both he and his mum have been left shaken up.’
Anyone with information about the assault is asked to call PC Bavin at Cosham station on 101 or 0845 0454545.
Alternatively call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.