An investigation has been launched following the brutal attack of an NHS Test and Trace worker on a north London bus.
The 63-year-old man was attacked after moving away from another passenger who was not wearing a face covering. A young man believed to be in his 20s knocked the victim to the ground and stamped on his head at least five times.
Police said that the victim had boarded the route 149 bus just before Seven Sisters station then the suspect got on board at the next stop at about 9:45 pm on the 23rd of August.
According to Scotland Yard, the suspect who had his face mask dropped to the chin, knocked the victim unconscious, who fully covered his mouth and nose, after he consciously moved away from him.
The victim had woken up in the hospital with no memory of what had happened before the attack.
Pc Bowman from the Roads and Transport Policing Command said: “Although there is no sound on the CCTV and all the victim remembers is waking up in the hospital, we believe that this was all triggered by face masks.
“We think that the attacker, who had his face covering beneath his chin, took offence when the victim, who was fully covered, consciously moved away from him.
“When the attacker then follows the victim to the back of the bus, he can be seen pointing and gesturing at the victim’s face mask before he starts repeatedly punching and kicking him. This was a totally unwarranted violent assault and we urgently need to speak to this man.”
Officers have released an image of the alleged attacker, a tall black man aged between 23-25 years with an athletic/ muscular build.
The police asked anyone with any information which could help in investigation of the attack to contact them on 07880 429 486, police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.