Police in London are hunting a man who viciously attacked an NHS worker on a London bus in a row over face mask use.
Reports are just coming out of a man that kicked an NHS worker unconscious ‘for moving away from him’ on a London bus in a row over the wearing of face masks. The victim, 63, who works for NHS track and trace, was punched repeatedly to the floor then had his head stamped on five times during the unprovoked attack on Sunday, 23 August. Police are now asking for the publics help in tracing the attacker and have released a ‘still’ from the onboard CCTV on the bus.
The suspect, whose mask was hanging down below his chin, followed the victim towards the back of the bus around five minutes later before launching a vicious attack on him “because he moved away from him.” Police say the victim had moved there to try and put distance between the pair.
The attacker then launched into a violent physical attack, the victim remembered waking up in hospital in the attack which police said was “triggered by face masks”. PC Bowman, from the Met’s Roads and Transport Policing Command, said: “Although there is no sound on the CCTV and all the victim remembers is waking up in the hospital, we believe that this was all triggered by face masks. We think that the attacker, who had his face covering beneath his chin, took offence when the victim, who was fully covered, consciously moved away from him.
PC Bowman went on to say: “When the attacker then follows the victim to the back of the bus, he can be seen pointing and gesturing at the victim’s face mask before he starts repeatedly punching and kicking him. This was a totally unwarranted violent assault and we urgently need to speak to this man. If anyone knows who he is or has any other information – or witnessed this offence – please call. The suspect is described as a black man aged approximately 23-25 years, tall and with an athletic/muscular build. He was wearing blue tracksuit bottoms, a white vest and white trainers.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives on 07880 429 486 or on 101, quoting ref CAD 7981/23Aug.
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