Police have appealed for help in tracing a man wanted in connection with an attack on an ?amateur photographer? after he took exception to having his picture taken.

The alleged assault, which left the unnamed victim with cuts and bruising to his face, today prompted British Transport Police to release a photo of a person wanted for questioning over the attack which took place in central London.

The incident occurred on escalators leading to the main concourse at Waterloo mainline station at around 10.17pm on Wednesday 12 December 2007.

?It would appear the victim, an amateur photographer who enjoys taking snaps of London street scenes, was taking shots on escalators when a member of the public took exception to having his photo taken and asked him to delete the photo,? said PC Ben Dawson.

?The photographer told him he could not delete the shot as it was not a digital camera. The man then attempted to grab the camera and punched the victim in the face.?

Dawson added: ?We have released this photo today ? taken by the victim prior to the incident ? and we are appealing to members of the public to assist us in identifying the man pictured.?

The assailant is described as white, 34-38 years old and about 5ft 9in tall. He was wearing a dark jacket and carrying a dark rucksack.

Anyone who can help is urged to call British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or the Witness Appeal Line on 0207 391 5275 quoting reference ?B5 of 15/02/08?.

Man wanted for police questioning

Picture: British Transport Police have released this photo of a man wanted for questioning over the incident at Waterloo station in central London