Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Stabbings, Sex Attacks, Beatings ... Eight Violent Crimes a Day on Buses

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Stabbings, Sex Attacks, Beatings ... Eight Violent Crimes a Day on Buses

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Byline: ALINE NASSIF

THE SCALE of violence on London's buses is revealed today.

An average of eight crimes such as stabbings, sexual assaults and beatings arereported each dayas well as 160 cases of criminal damage, fights, fare disputes and drunkenclashes.

Documents seen by the Evening Standard show an increasing use of knives and theinvolvement of teenagers. There is an upsurge of disturbances between 3pm and5pm as pupils go home from school. All pupils and students under 18 travel freeon

London buses. But violent crime is happening at all times of the dayeven during the rush hour.

The figures come after Mayor Boris Johnson promised to increase the presence ofuniformed police and police community support officers on buses.

Internal TfL documents detail every "code red", when bus controllers at TfL'sCentreComm are told by drivers or members of the public of crime, vandalism anddisorder.

In 107 days this year 838 violent incidents were recorded, along with hundredsmore incidents of disturbance and criminal damage. These included:

Six youths in Barking on board a No 287 stabbing a 25-year-old man in the headat 7pm.

A driver was stabbed in the head and arms by two youths wearing hoods on theN369 in Barking at 2.31am.

A 40-year-old man being attacked by eight youths on a No 18 bus and stabbed inthe head in Hillside, Stonebridge Park.

The driver of a No 199 being threatened with a knife by youths demanding moneyafter they opened the emergency doors at Canada Water station at 11.32am.

A driver on the No 31 in Maida Hill chased off his bus by a gang of youths, atleast one of whom had a knife, at around 10pm.

A gang of four youths hitting a 65-yearold woman on the back of the head on the177 in Greenwich at 8.23pm.

More than 20 youths assaulting a man and woman on a No 337 bus in Putney at4.17pm.

Ten youths attacking a 20-year-old man on the No 174 in Romford at 11pm. …

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