Police have confirmed they are investigating an incident where a taxi driver had "part of his nose bitten off" by a suspect who refused to pay his fare.
Detectives have released this image of a man who they would like to speak to about the incident.
Officers were called at 11:54pm on Saturday May 26 to reports of a violent assault on Benskins Lane, near Church Road in Romford .
A 51-year-old man who was found with "life-changing injuries" was taken to an East London hospital.
The suspect was collected as part of a fare to South Street and while on the journey asked to change the destination to Benskins Lane, a further route.
After confirming to the taxi driver that the journey would be longer, the person agreed that they were willing to pay the additional fee.
However, upon arrival the suspect stated that he was not willing to pay the fee and threatened the taxi driver with violence.
He then assaulted the driver by hitting him and biting part of his nose off.
After the attack, the suspect stole the taxi driver's dash cam, money and documents.
Detective Constable Gill Garrett, the investigating officer from the East Area Command Unit’s CID said:
"This was a brutal unprovoked attack that has left the victim extremely distressed and too shaken to return to work. He is still receiving medical treatment and has already undergone numerous surgical procedures.
"We have released an image of a man we would like to speak to in connection with this assault. We would urge anyone who recognises him to contact us as a matter of urgency. Any information provided to the police will be treated in confidence, or people can speak to Crimestoppers anonymously.
"We are calling on the public and the media to help us find and bring the person responsible for this heinous crime to justice."
Anyone with any information is asked to call East Area CID on 020 8345 3512.
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