Saturday, December 4

Bus driver punched in passenger mask row

A bus driver was punched in the head after confronting a passenger who refused to wear a face mask, police have revealed.

Officers were called to reports of the driver, a man in his 30s, being injured on board his bus outside North Harrow tube station at 4pm on May 5. It is understood the bus driver had challenged the passenger over his refusal to wear a face covering. Police released a CCTV image on Thursday of a man they want to speak to in connection with the assault.

London Ambulance Service attended alongside Metropolitan Police officers, and the bus driver was taken to hospital and received treatment. He has since been discharged and has fully recovered.

Detectives from the Met’s Roads and Transport Policing Command are investigating and have recovered CCTV from the bus. Passengers have been legally required to wear face masks on public transport for more than a year now.

Even as restrictions eased this week on some public transport networks, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has mandated that face masks must continue to be worn on Transport for London services, including buses in the capital. Only those with exemptions for medical or other reasons are able to not wear a face covering on public transport.

Anyone who recognises the man in the image is asked to call police on 101 or tweet @MetCC, quoting CAD 4594/05May. To remain anonymous contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.