Police have released an image of a man they want to speak to, after a cleaner was attacked outside a Newcastle city centre pub.

At around 8.45AM on the morning of Monday, July 17, police received a report that the 36-year-old man had been assaulted by a male passing the Union Rooms pub on Westgate Road.

There has been a verbal altercation between the pair during which homophobic abuse was hurled at the cleaner. He has then been punched in the face.

Victim left with broken teeth and needing stitches

Enquiries are ongoing into the assault that left the victim with broken teeth and stitches in his bottom lip. It has also been recorded as a hate crime.

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Now police are releasing an image of a man they want to speak to about the assault. He could help officers with their enquiries.

The man, or anyone who recognises him, should contact police on 101 quoting log 225 17/07/17 or by emailing the OIC on [email protected]