A taxi driver received facial injuries after preventing two teenagers in Peacehaven from robbing him.
The pair approached him when he was parked in the Meridian Centre car park on Saturday December 14 at 5.50pm.
Sussex Police said the two teenagers, wearing hoodies, attacked him and tried to steal his cigarettes and wallet.
The 32-year old driver from Hove defended himself whilst sat in his cab and stopped them from taking his property.
He needed treatment at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton for his injuries.
The suspects ran off in the direction of the main South Coast Road and then out of sight.
Detective Sergeant Jo Benton said; “We are appealing for witnesses to this incident or with any information that may assist the investigation. to contact us via 101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org quoting Serial 118 of 14/12. You can also call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”