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Arrest made after a pensioner was punched in the face on a bus on Christmas Eve, The Manc

Arrest made after a pensioner was punched in the face on a bus on Christmas Eve

A man has been arrested following the assault of a bus passenger on Christmas Eve.

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The victim, a man in his 70s, was punched in the face so hard his glasses smashed.

He had been travelling on a bus from Manchester towards Ashton-under-Lyne, at around 7pm on 24 December, when the incident took place.

The pensioner had asked a woman to stop ringing the bell – but a fellow passenger turned and punched him for doing so.

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A man in his 40s has since turned himself in to police and been arrested on suspicion of assault.

Arrest made after a pensioner was punched in the face on a bus on Christmas Eve, The Manc
A man has been arrested at Oldham Police Station after the incident on the bus. Credit: Google Maps

Greater Manchester Police had released CCTV footage from the bus in their hunt for the culprit.

GMP said: “Whilst on the bus, a woman began to ring the bell continuously prompting the victim to ask her to stop.

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“When he did so, a man assaulted him by punching him in the face, causing his glasses to smash and minor injuries to his nose.

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“Both the woman and the man then got off the bus before the driver came to the elderly gentleman’s aid.

“Thankfully he has since recovered from his injuries.”

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Anyone with information about the incident should contact police on 0161 856 9371 or 101 quoting incident 2402 of 24/12/21, use GMP’s LiveChat function at www.gmp.police.uk, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Featured image: Unsplash @mangopearuk

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