The homeless victim had objected to the man urinating on his bedding, Sussex Police said (stock photo) (Image: Getty Images)

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Police are hunting for a man who urinated on a sleeping homeless man's bedding then violently kicked him in the face.

The suspect was captured on CCTV carrying out the sickening attack in the small hours of the morning in Crawley, West Sussex.

The moment the man launched his assault on his helpless victim as he bedded down for the night out on the streets was captured on camera at 1.30am on Monday, June 21.

Sussex Police described what happened next as a "vicious" and "unprovoked" attack.

Officers are now appealing to the public to help them identify the attacker, Sussex Live reports.

The suspect in the attack on the homeless man is seen on CCTV on Haslett Avenue, Crawley
(Image: Sussex Police)

The suspect approached the 49-year-old, who was sleeping rough on Haslett Avenue.

His victim objected to him urinating on the street, as the spot was right next where he had made his bed.

The suspect then proceeded to urinate on the man's bedding, before violently kicking him in the face, Sussex Police said.

Officers are now seeking to identify the man who carried out the attack.

They released an image of the suspect in hopes someone may recognise him.

He is described as black, with dreadlocks, and was carrying a bag with a white stripe while wearing pale blue jeans with badges on them.

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He was with a group of three other people.

PC Ben Harman said: "This was a vicious and unprovoked attack on a vulnerable man, and although the image is not of good quality, we are sure there are local people who can help us name this suspect."

Anyone with information able to help police is urged to contact the force either online or by calling 101, quoting serial 895 of 21/06.