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Metropolitan Police

87-year-old woman punched in the face by teenagers on London bus

The two girls involved in the incident are believed to be aged between 14 and 18.

POLICE IN LONDON are appealing for information after an 87-year-old woman was punched in the face on a London bus.

This incident happened in Croydon on Friday afternoon, shortly after 3pm.

The victim was travelling on the 166 bus when her assailants boarded without paying their fare.

Following this, they were involved in an argument with the driver, before most of the passengers got off the bus.

The victim then rose from her seat, and appeared to speak to one of her attackers, before then being struck in the face.

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Another passenger on the bus assisted the 87-year-old woman and the driver contacted the police.

She was then taken to St Helier Hospital having received a black eye in the incident. She was discharged later that day.

The woman’s assailants are described as being black girls aged between 14 and 18 years of age, with one of them wearing a black head band.

Speaking about the incident, Police Sergeant Arran Hillier, said: “This was a nasty attack on an elderly woman, who just wanted to get home. I urge anyone who may recognise the suspects to contact the police.”

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