Passenger spat at bus driver after telling him to wear a mask or get off

A bus driver was spat at during a heated row with a passenger over face masks.

The driver asked him to put a mask on as he boarded the 83 bus near Wembley, north west London, at around 10.40pm on Friday.

He agreed to but then took it off when he sat down on the upper level.

When the bus stopped at Lakeside Way, the driver warned the man he would have to get off if he refused to wear it.

The man then shouted at the driver, spat in his direction, and punched the glass on the front door.

An image has now been released of a man wanted in connection with the incident.

PC Matt Cannon said: ‘Bus drivers have worked throughout the pandemic at great risk to themselves, providing an essential service to key workers and others who rely on public transport to get around.

‘Any assault against a driver doing their job is unacceptable, but spitting, given the threat posed by Covid-19 and what we know about how it is transmitted, is particularly appalling.

‘We have been pursuing alternative lines of inquiry to identify this man, but so far it has not been possible to locate him.

‘I am hopeful the public hold the key to finding out who and where he is.’

Face masks are no longer required by law on public transport after most of the remaining Covid restrictions in England were lifted.

But they are still required as a ‘condition of carriage’ on Transport for London (TfL) services.

This means enforcement officers can deny access or remove non-compliant passengers using the travel network.

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