The British Transport Police is appealing for information after a homophobic incident at Haywards Heath railway station in Sussex.

Detectives have today released CCTV images of a man they would like to identify in connection with the assault, which took place on Friday, 10 August 2012.

A group of friends were targeted with physical abuse and homophobic insults as they entered the station shortly after 11pm.

In a statement, PC Graham Dodge said: “One of the victims had dyed green hair, prompting a man to direct homophobic abuse at him.

“When the victim responded to the insult, the man tried to hit him but instead connected with a second man in the group. He then tried to push the second man in the chest and slap him in the head”.

PC Dodge added: “Thankfully, in this case, the victims were not seriously injured, but we are taking this assault very seriously nonetheless. I’d appeal for anyone who may have seen this attack, or who recognises the man pictured to come forward.”

Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 quoting background reference B6/LSA of 20/09/2012.

Information can also be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.