Pensioner repeatedly punched after trying to stop sex assault on Fulham bus


A pensioner was repeatedly punched and spat at after she tried to defend a woman who was being sexually assaulted on a bus.

The 65-year-old woman was brutally attacked when she challenged a man who was sexually assaulting a fellow passenger on a route 295 bus as it drove along Fulham Palace Road.

She was punched several times in the face before being spat at, police said.

The attack was only stopped when other passengers rushed to help and pushed the man, aged between 20 and 30, off the bus.

The assault victim was taken to a west London hospital with cuts and swelling to her lips.

A Met Police spokesman said: “The woman was punched several times in the face after she verbally defended a woman who was being sexually assaulted by the suspect.

“The suspect initially became verbally aggressive towards the victim. He then spat at her before punching her several times in the face.”

Police have released a CCTV image of a man they want to trace over the incident, which took place at around 4.40pm on December 20.

He is described as black, slim, and about 5ft 10ins tall, with short black hair.

The man was wearing a hooded top with distinctive red-checked shoulders.

Anyone with information should call contact Detective Constable Darren Barlow via 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Alternatively tweet @MetCC with any information.

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