TWO men are being hunted by police after an unprovoked assault on a Portsmouth bus driver.
The man was attacked between 6.40pm and 6.50pm on Friday September 9 after he stopped his bus outside the shops on Allaway Avenue, Paulsgrove.
After picking up two men up from Palmerston Road, the 45-year-old bus driver warned them about swearing and disturbing the other passengers.
When the bus stopped on Allaway Avenue the two men left the bus , but as it started to drive away they forced their way back on and assaulted the driver by punching and kicking him.
The men then got off the bus and headed along Allaway Avenue towards Nailsworth Road.
The victim was left with a fractured cheek as well as other bruising.
Both men are between 18 and 20, around 5ft 7in tall, skinny with short brown hair. They also both had paint on their clothing.
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. If you were on the bus from Palmerston Road and saw the men, or if you witnessed the incident in Allaway Avenue, please get in touch with us.’
Anyone with any information is asked to contact DC Dinenage at Fratton CID on 101 or via the website www.hampshire.police.uk/internet/contact/message_officer.htm
You can also call the charity Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.