A man grabbed and threatened to assault a transgender woman who was walking to catch a bus in Peacehaven on Sunday night (October 20).
Sussex Police are appealing for information after a 31-year-old transgender woman from Saltdean was attacked in South Coast Road shortly before 11pm.
As she approached the bus stop outside the NatWest bank near the junction of Roderick Avenue, a man asked her for a cigarette.
The victim ignored him and tried to continue past, but the man grabbed her by the front of her coat and threatened to assault her.
Police said the man was white, in his early to mid twenties, 6ft1 and heavily built.
He was wearing a blue and white jacket and dark trousers and had stubble on his face.
Officers would like to speak to a man recorded on CCTV footage on a bus about the incident.
Detective Constable Sheila Nicholson said: “We are treating the incident as an assault, with the man intending to rob the victim.
“We are investigating this as a hate crime due to the man becoming more violent when he realised that his victim was transgender.
“This was very upsetting for the victim and we are offering her support to cope with her ordeal.”
Anyone with information should call 101 quoting serial 1530 of 20 October, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.