A man dealt a “flurry of blows” to a boy and shouted “welcome to the hood” on a bus in Easton, a passenger has claimed.
The witness says a man in his 30s threw punches at the head of a boy, aged about 13, on the top deck of First Bus’ City Centre 48A service.
Police attended the scene at about 8.15am today (January 10), after the bus stopped near the Desi Dera restaurant on Stapleton Road due to the incident.
By the time officers arrived, the man and boy had left the area, according to the 45-year-old witness, who did not wish to be named.
The witness said: “The boy was the one who got thrown off the bus by the driver, even though he was assaulted. It was outrageous.”
‘I will smash you’
He claims he was sitting a couple of seats in front of the man and boy, who was with his mum, when the incident happened at about 8.10am.
The witness added: “The man was looking at him and the kid said ‘don’t look at me’.
“The bloke said, ‘I am a man and you are a kid – don’t think you are bad. I will smash you’.
“Then the kid said, ‘I don’t care if you are a man, I ain’t scared. F*** you.’
“It sounded relatively good-natured ghetto banter, but then the man just jumped up and attacked the boy.”
The passenger described the top deck as “packed”, adding: “As usual, everyone just sat scared and did nothing.”
He said the man was “about three times the size” of the boy. He allegedly “charged” at the youth and hit him with a “flurry of blows”.
‘She put her body on the line’
“The boy covered up well,” the witness added. “The mum saved him really.
“She put her body on the line. This got me angry. I almost jumped in.
“The attack was nasty and the boy was lucky not to be injured.
“The man was with another guy, who was standing over the boy intimidatingly when he was getting assaulted.”
The passenger claims the driver came upstairs and ordered the boy and his mum to leave the bus.
He said: “My annoyance is that the driver blamed it all on the kid. He said it was nothing to do with the two men.”
The witness says the two men got off at the same time as the boy, but walked away in a different direction to the youth.
‘Welcome to the hood’
He claims the alleged assailant shouted at the boy: “Little s***, don’t f*** with me. Welcome to the hood.”
The witness added that the boy was “shaken up” but did not seem to be hurt.
He said: “The bus stopped on Stapleton Road. All the passengers got off and went on to another one.
“The driver rang the police. I left before they arrived.”
What First says
A First West of England spokesman confirmed police were called to an incident on the 48A bus at 8.15am.
“Our driver intervened to help calm the situation and asked a passenger to leave the bus, before calling the police who advised the bus to remain at the location,” he said.
“As a result, passengers were given the option to transfer to another vehicle.
“We take incidents such as these very seriously as the safety of our customers and drivers is our primary concern.
“We apologise to any customers on the vehicle who were inadvertently caught up in the incident. The CCTV footage will be passed onto the police and we will co-operate fully in any investigation.”
What police say
An Avon and Somerset police spokesman said officers were called to reports of a disturbance on the 48A bus on Stapleton Road.
He said: “We have spoken to the bus driver and will be reviewing CCTV. Enquiries are ongoing.”
Anyone with information can contact police by calling 101 and quoting reference number 5220006956.
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