Police arrest man, 35, over vicious bus assault

Arriva bus assault
Arriva bus assault

POLICE have arrested a St Helens man on suspicion of assault following a CCTV appeal in last week’s St Helens Reporter.

A force spokeswoman confirmed that a 35-year-old man from Parr has been arrested and bailed in connection with an assault on a bus driver in broad daylight on the afternoon of April 18.

In the flashpoint, an Arriva bus driver was dragged out of his cab and assaulted after a passenger lost his balance while trying to alight.

Officers told how a man who boarded the bus at West End Road at about 4.40pm was forced to steady himself as the bus went around a corner near a stop on Higher Parr Street, Fingerpost.

But the man then became angry, started to shout at the driver and tried to entice him off the bus for a fight.

When the driver refused, the man got back on the bus, dragged the driver out of his cab and assaulted him.

The offender then crossed Higher Parr Street to board another bus with a woman.

The driver was subsequently treated for injuries to his head and ear.

An Arriva spokeswoman said: “Thankfully incidents such as this are extremely rare, although when they do occur we will always press for the heaviest penalty against those who assault our staff.”