World news – Hunt for bus passenger as ‘NHS worker’s head stamped on’ in face mask row


Police in north London believe the attacker took offence after the victim, an NHS track and trace worker, moved away from him because he was not wearing a face mask correctly

An NHS track-and-trace worker was punched repeatedly and had his head stamped on during a row over face masks.

The horrifying incident happened on the 149 bus near Seven Sisters at around 9.45pm, the Met said in a statement.

PC Chris Bowman from the Roads and Transport Policing Command said: « Although there is no sound on the CCTV and all the victim remembers is waking up in hospital, we believe that this was all triggered by face masks.

« We think that the attacker, who had his face covering beneath his chin, took offence when the victim, who was fully covered, consciously moved away from him.

« When the attacker then follows the victim to the back of the bus, he can be seen pointing and gesturing at the victim’s face mask before he starts repeatedly punching and kicking him.

« This was a totally unwarranted violent assault and we urgently need to speak to this man. »

The alleged attacker is described as a tall black man thought be aged around 23 to 25 with an athletic build.

An image has been released by police of a man wanted in connection with the attack.



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