Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Police Rush to 999 Call. by Hopping on a Bus

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Police Rush to 999 Call. by Hopping on a Bus

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Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger

POLICE officers called to an alleged assault in south-west London rushed to the scene -- by hopping on a bus.

The manager of a Morden bakery dialled 999 after a member of staff was attacked and allegedly racially abused by an irate customer.

But rather than see officers pull up in a squad car, the stunned manager watched as a team of officers arrived by public transport.

The woman apparently fled the scene, also by bus, before police arrived.

The incident took place at a branch of Greggs on Saturday, when a woman, believed to be in her sixties, was asked to leave the store but became aggressive and hit out at the bakery workers.

One worker was left with a cut to her face while others suffered minor injuries. Bakery manager Diana Homewood, 53, said: "She really got abusive and called my Saturday girl something I wouldn't like to repeat, so we banned her from the store.

"She poked my colleague in the face and smacked me in mine. …

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