Detectives are appealing for information after a taxi driver was assaulted.
The driver picked up two men and three women outside the Moka nightclub in Crawley at around 2am on Saturday (December 21).
He took them to outside the Black Horse Pub on Reigate Road, Hookwood, arriving at around 2.15am.
A Surrey Police spokesman said the passengers refused to pay their fare and an altercation broke out between the passengers and the driver.
He suffered facial and hand injuries which required hospital treatment.
DC Hannah Millyard, said: “I would appeal to anyone who believes they either saw the taxi driver pick up the fare near Crawley town centre or who saw the passengers being dropped off to contact officers with information.
“I would also ask anyone who has their suspicions around someone they know who they believe could be involved in this incident to share this information with us.
“This was an appalling attack on a man just going about his everyday business and we will do all we can to find those responsible for the assault and bring them to justice.”
Anyone who has information on this incident is urged to contact Surrey Police on 101 quoting reference 45130008149. The independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 and any information passed to them which leads to the arrest and charge may be eligible for a reward of up to £1,000.