A PEACEHAVEN MAN was assaulted by two teenagers as he waited for a bus on South Way, Newhaven.
The 35-year-old victim was rolling a cigarette when he was approached by the boys at around 12:08am on March 4.
He recalls chatting to them for a few minutes before being attacked and left lying on the ground.
He suffered cuts to his face and his black rucksack was stolen which contained several personal items.
The injured man was helped by a passerby. He was taken to Eastbourne District General Hospital by ambulance for treatment and later discharged.
Detective Constable Phil Cracknell, from East Sussex CID, said: “The man was on his way home from a night out in Newhaven, when he became a victim of a random nasty attack.
“A short time after the attack a small fire was reported in Hillcrest Road, Newhaven under a new block of flats next to the Hillcrest Centre.
“Once the fire was extinguished the victim’s rucksack was identified and four youths were seen walking away from the scene.
“We are keen to hear from anyone with information that could help us with our inquiries regarding the assault and the fire.
“Please call 101 quoting serial 28 of 4/3 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
The suspects are described as white, around 5ft 6in, 17-to-20, one with short black hair and one with blonde shaved hair.