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Man arrested after pensioner punched in the face on bus

A man has been arrested after a pensioner was punched in the face on a bus when asking a woman to stop ringing the bell.

At around 7pm on Friday 24 December, a man in his 70s was travelling on a bus from Manchester city centre in the direction of Ashton. 

Whilst on the bus, a woman began to ring the bell continuously, prompting the man to ask her to stop. When he did so, another man assaulted him by punching him in the face, causing his glasses to smash and minor injuries to his nose. 

Both the woman and the man then got off the bus before the driver came to the elderly gentleman's aid.

Thankfully, he has since recovered from his injuries.

Police launched a public appeal for information on Thursday morning (13 January) and, just a few hours later, they confirmed a man in his 40s self-presented at Oldham Police Station and has been arrested on suspicion of assault.

He remains in custody for questioning and enquiries are ongoing, GMP say. 

Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 9371 or 101, quoting incident 2402 of 24/12/21.

Alternatively, details can be passed via the LiveChat function at www.gmp.police.uk or via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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