Night Bus Attack In East London

Police appealing for information after a man was attacked on a night bus in east London have released descriptions othe men they would like to speak to in connection with the assault.

The attack happened at approx 02.00hrs on 30 December 2012 on a N25 bus travelling from Bow towards Stratford.

Three men boarded the bus near the junction of the A11 and A12 - they then proceeded to continually press the 'stop' button.

The victim, a man aged in his late 30s, asked the group to stop. However, the group then attacked the victim, kicking and punching him before unsuccessfully attempting to drag him off the bus.

The group then fled the bus - leaving it at Romford Road, junction with Rabbits Road, Manor Park E12

The victim was taken to hospital for treatment for facial injuries and subsequently discharged.

The suspects are all black.

Suspect 1 is described as aged in his early 20s, wearing a light coloured 'Public Enemy' jumper, jeans and trainers. He had cropped hair and a pierced right ear.

Suspect 2 is described as aged in his mid-20s, wearing a black jacket over a grey hooded top with light denim jeans. He had cropped hair and some facial hair.

Suspect 3 is described as aged in his early 20s, wearing a black jumper with 'ASATF' on the front, light denim jeans and was wearing a shoulder bag across his body.

Detective Constable Glenn Peach leads the investigation - he said:

"We have managed to secure good quality images of the people we would like to speak to - if you recognize them, I would urge you to contact police.

"A man, trying to make his way home, was viciously assaulted for making a trivial request to a group who were behaving in an anti-social manner.

"Anyone who commits a violent act will be pursued, arrested and put before the courts to face justice."

Anyone who recognises these men, or who was on the bus around the time of the incident, is asked to contact the Newham Violent Crime Unit on 020 8217 5851. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

There have been no arrests at present.