DETECTIVES are appealing for information from bus passengers to help identify this man in connection with an alleged racially aggravated assault.

An investigation has been launched into the incident on an Arriva 10A bus between stops on Bridge Street and Rainhill Road, when an argument broke out between a number of men.

During the altercation, a 24-year-old man was racially abused and assaulted.

He was left with bruises to his face and taken to hospital and is now recovering at home.

St Helens Star: Contact police if you recognise this man

  • Recognise him? Call 0151 777 6063 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111

Officers from Sigma, the force’s dedicated hate crime investigation unit, who have released these CCTV images, are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

DC Michelle Cliffe said: "Incidents of this kind, whereby victims are subjected to racial abuse, be it physically or verbally, will not be tolerated. We are investigating a number of lines of enquiry and are keen to speak to anyone with any information that could help our enquiries.

"We understand that there were a number of people on the bus during the course of the incident and I appeal for them to contact us.

"In particular, we would like to speak to the man pictured in the CCTV, or anyone who recognises him, as he may have information that could assist with the investigation."

The attack happened on Saturday, January 19 at around 6.30pm 

Anyone with any information is asked to call 0151 777 6063 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.