POLICE are appealing for a mother and son who were racially abused on a bus to come forward.

A man, in his thirties, made “racist comments” to the pair. He also tried to link arms with the boy and hit him on the head with a bottle before being asked to leave by the bus driver. 

It is not known whether the child was injured.

It happened on a Stagecoach bus at Cade Street in Eastbourne at around 7.15pm on Friday night, July 15.

PC Claire Middleton said: "It is important that we help anyone who has been affected by someone else's prejudice, ignorance or violence, and we will follow up all information received."

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The man is white, with dark short hair and a dark stubbly short beard.

He was wearing black cap, a black T-shirt with a Puma logo and white shorts.

The boy is between 11 to 14 and had a scooter with him.

Sussex Police are asking anyone with information to get in touch either online or by calling 101, quoting serial 1602 of 15/07, and arrange to talk to their investigators in confidence.