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19th Jun 2023

London bus driver knifed in the back in ‘appalling’ attack

Steve Hopkins

‘Any form of physical or verbal assault on our staff or customers will not be tolerated’

A bus driver was stabbed in the back in an attack branded “appalling and dangerous” by authorities.

The driver, aged in his 40s, was rushed to hospital after being stabbed while driving on Commercial Road, in Stepney, east London, on Sunday afternoon.

Police called to the scene found the injured driver at the junction with Arbour Square around 3.30pm.

Met Police said the man’s injuries are not thought to be life-changing or life-threatening.

No arrests have been made.

The force said it was still trying to “establish the circumstances” around what happened.

Transport for London (TfL) CCTV showed a large crime scene in place across Limehouse and Tower Hamlets, with Commercial Road partially closed after the incident.

Director of buses at TfL, Louise Cheeseman urged anyone with information to contact the police – and vowed to support the investigation to bring the offender to justice.

Cheeseman said: “This was an appalling and dangerous attack on a bus driver, who remains in hospital and our thoughts are with them and their family.

“Everyone has the right to go about their day without fear or intimidation and any form of physical or verbal assault on our staff or customers will not be tolerated.”

A Met police spokesman said the victim had been taken to an east London hospital, while officers work to “establish the circumstances.”

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact the Met Police on 101.

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