Police appeal after 87-year-old woman punched in face by teenage fare dodger on Croydon bus

An 87-year-old woman was punched in the face by a teenage fare evader and left with a black eye on a bus in Croydon last month.

An argument quickly escalated after this between the two girls and the bus driver which resulted in most of the passengers leaving the bus and the elderly woman being assaulted.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the attack that happened on the 166 bus, Brighton Road in south Croydon, on Friday October 16.

Police Sergeant Arran Hillier, from Croydon Safer Transport Team, said: “This was a nasty attack on an elderly woman, who just wanted to get home. I urge anyone who may recognise the suspects to contact the police.”

The released CCTV footage shows that the attack occurred around 15:20pm after the two female teenage fare evaders boarded the bus.

Following the attack the girls, who have been described as black and aged between 14-18, ran off the bus in Brighton Road.

The victim suffered a black eye and was attended to by another passenger on the bus. She was taken to St Helier’s Hospital in Carshalton where she was discharged later that day.

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Anyone who has any further information should contact PS Hillier on 07825386424 or via 101

Alternatively, they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

Image courtesy of Ray Forster and Met Police, with thanks

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