Witness appeal after bus driver suffers racial abuse

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Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses to an assault in Midsummer Boulevard in central Milton Keynes.

On Sunday, April 29, at about 11.15am a bus driver was driving his Arriva vehicle along the road opposite Waitrose when he was flagged down by a man and a woman who then attempted to board with invalid tickets.

The bus driver refused them entry at which point they racially abused him and the man spat in the driver’s face before running off. The woman remained on the scene slightly longer, continuing to be verbally abusive and then also left.

The man is described as white, 5ft 7ins to 5ft 8ins tall, and aged about 25 to 30 years old. He is slim build with blond hair. He has a mark from the bottom of his nose to the top of his lip. He was wearing a dark coloured hooded top with his hood up.

The woman is white, of stocky build and is approximately 5ft to 5ft 3ins tall. She was wearing a grey hooded top and grey tracksuit bottoms. She appeared to have a lazy eye.

PC Shantell Woodward who is investigating, said: “I am keen to trace this couple as soon as possible. Anyone who has information about the incident or who recognises the description of the couple should please get in touch”.

Anyone with information should contact PC Woodward via the 24-hour Thames Valley Police Enquiry Line on 101.

If you don’t want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.