POLICE are hunting for the attacker who assaulted an off-duty police officer with a pair of bolt croppers after being challenged for trying to steal bikes.
The 57-year-old was hospitalised after he was hit over the head near Vauxhall station in the morning of July 17.
The policeman followed a group of four people after seeing them leave the station without using tickets or oyster cards just before 11am.
One of the suspects then got out a pair of bolt croppers by a bicycle chained to a nearby bike rack.
When the victim phoned 999 and revealed himself as a police officer to the group, he was struck over the head with the bolt croppers, causing him to fall to the ground. The four suspects fled the scene towards South Lambeth Road.
The policeman was taken to hospital with a head injury, but was discharged later that day.
A 15-year-old boy has been bailed until September after he was arrested in connection with the investigation on July 23.
Detective Constable Sarah Francis, from Lambeth CID, said: “If you recognise any of these people, or indeed witnessed this incident then please get in touch.
“This attack happened in broad daylight and resulted in the victim receiving hospital treatment. I urge members of the community to come forward if they have any information with regards to the incident to help us catch those responsible.”
Anyone with information about this incident can call 020 8649 2191, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111