The victim of a bottle attack has explained how it felt to be cornered by two men in an underpass on his way home from work.
The 26-year-old man was walking to Three Bridges Train Station from Broadfield Park when he was confronted by two drunk men at the Southgate Roundabout underpass and hit around the face with a bottle.
The man, who has asked to remain anonymous, said he knew something was going to happen to him as soon as the men in hoodies started asking him questions at around 6.40pm on March 10.
He said: “They were asking me where I was from, what I was doing, if I was from Crawley.
“I knew what was going to happen. I was well prepared that one of them would have a swing at me.
“I carried on walking and they doubled back and followed me.
“One was on my right hand side, the other had walked around in front of me.
“As I turned to one of them to say where I was from, the other one hit me round the face.”
The victim ran back to his office where he called a taxi to take him home.
He said: “I didn’t think much. I just wanted to go home.”
The attack did not leave any visible injuries but the victim said his jaw was badly hurt, making it difficult to eat for a week.
The man, from Croydon, normally shared a lift home with a colleague but had finished late and had to get the train home.
He said there were a lot of people around and he remembered seeing two women with children at the other side of the underpass.
Sussex Police is appealing for witnesses to the attack.
PC Mark Robinson said: “This area is popular with users of the Crawley Town astroturf pitch and is also a key bus route so hopefully people may have seen this incident.”
Anyone with information should call 101 quoting serial 266 of 11/3, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.