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

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 14th January 2022

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

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.

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

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.


“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.”

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, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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