Man arrested after threats to kill bus driver on Portland

Man arrested after threats to kill bus driver on Portland

Published by George Sharpe at 5:21pm 17th February 2020. (Updated at 1:19pm 18th February 2020)

A man's been arrested after a bus driver was racially abused and threatened on Portland.

At around 8.20pm on Tuesday 28th January 2020 the driver of the number 1 First bus stopped at Victoria Square to allow passengers on.

Victoria Square Portland
Victoria Square, Portland

A man boarded the bus and went to sit down without paying for a ticket.

When the driver asked the man to pay his fare, he refused and became aggressive, using racially abusive language toward the driver.

He also made threats to kill him.

The offender then got up and started trying to grab the victim’s face and hands. 

Another passenger then intervened, at which point the offender got off the bus.

The driver, a man aged in his 60s, did not suffer any injuries as a result of the assault.

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A Spokesperson for Dorset Police, said:

"Following a CCTV appeal and enquiries by officers, a 28-year-old man of no fixed abode has been arrested on suspicion of causing racially or religiously aggravated intentional harassment, alarm or distress.

"He was also arrested on suspicion of racially or religiously aggravated assault in relation to an incident in the area of St Thomas Street in Weymouth at around 9am on Tuesday 28 January where a woman was allegedly assaulted and subjected to verbal abuse.

"The arrested man is assisting officers with their enquiries.

"We would like to thank members of the public who shared our appeal and those who responded with information.