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Police hunt man after pensioner punched in face on bus

Police have released a CCTV image of a man they would like to speak to after an elderly man was punched in the face on a bus on Christmas Eve.

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.

Greater Manchester Police is now appealing to anyone who may recognise the man in the image or who may have information that could assist their enquiries to get in touch. 

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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