A GOOD Samaritan who went to the aid of a group of girls has been attacked in what police described as a racially aggravated assault.

The incident took place at Worthing Railway Station after an angry man started to shout at a group of girls.

The 34-year-old victim went to the aid of the youngsters and confronted the suspect about what he was doing at 6.20pm on Saturday (January 28).

The shouting man then racially abused the victim verbally before punching him, causing the victim to fall to the ground, a British Transport Police spokesman said.

The offender continued to punch and kick the victim in the station subway before leaving the station.

The victim sustained swelling to his face and cuts to his hands.

The BTP spokesman said "Officers would like to speak to the man shown in the CCTV image as he may have information which could help with the investigation.

"We would also like to speak to any members of the public who witnessed the incident but have not yet spoken to police."

BTP investigating officer, PC Alan Jenner, said: "This was an apparently unprovoked attack on a member of the public which caused him to fall down the stairs and the offender continued to attack him even once he was on the ground.

"We are determined to find the person responsible for this."

Witnesses or anyone who recognises the man shown in the images, should contact BTP by calling 0800 40 50 40 or text information to 61016. quoting reference number 328 30/01/17.