Police have released e-fit images of two men who they would like to speak with after a cab driver was brutally attacked in Lower Sydenham.

At around 10.30pm on Saturday, March 4, the victim stopped outside the Prince of Wales pub in Perry Rise to drop off some passengers who got the cab from outside Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium.

An argument over the fare ended up with the 55-year-old cab driver being viciously assaulted.

Two or more men, who were in the area but not one of the taxi passengers, then allegedly joined in the assault by kicking him as he lay helpless in the middle of road.

The victim needed surgery after his shoulder was broken during the attack and he suffered extensive bruising and cuts to his face and body.

Detective Constable Emily Earl, of Lewisham CID, said: “This was a brutal and unprovoked assault on an innocent cab driver, which resulted in him not being able to work for months.

“It is believed that these men are local to the area and may even reside near to where the assault took place.”

One of the men in the e-fits is of a younger with dark hair and the other is of an older man.

Anybody who may be able to identify the men from the e-fit images, or who has information about the attack, should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.