Police seek man after unprovoked attack on a married couple travelling on a bus in Tower Hamlets

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Detectives investigating an unprovoked attack on a married couple travelling on a bus in Tower Hamlets have released CCTV images of a person they wish to speak to.

At around 19:30hrs on Sunday, 7 October, the suspect boarded the route 108 bus at Tunnel Avenue, Tower Hamlets, and sat towards the front of the bus.

The victims – a man and woman, both 28-years-old – were already sat on the bus towards the back.

As the bus was approaching Limehouse Town Hall at around 19:50hrs, the suspect pressed the stop bell.

Whilst waiting for the bus to come to a stop, the suspect approached the female victim and, completely unprovoked, punched her several times.

The male victim then tried to intervene, at which point the suspect attacked him too.

The suspect used the emergency stop button to open the bus doors, and he made off towards Cotton Street.

The victims reported the incident to police and the bus drove to the next stop, where it remained until police attended.

The woman was left with a fractured skull, and the man sustained swelling and bruising to the face.

They were taken to hospital by the London Ambulance Service where they were treated for their injuries.

The suspect is described as a black male with short black hair and no facial hair, around 25-years-old and approximately 5ft 10ins tall. At the time of the offence, he was wearing a black jacket and trousers.

Detective Constable Lorcan Wolujewicz, of the Met’s Roads and Transport Policing Command, said: “This vicious, unprovoked attack has left the victims very shaken, with one sustaining serious injuries.

“If you have any information which could assist this investigation, please get in touch.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Roads and Transport Policing Command’s Reactive Crime Team by calling 101 and providing crime reference 6492/07OCT18.

Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.

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