Just one hour and 40 minutes after 21st Century CCTV images were shown on BBC’s Crimewatch programme, a suspect was arrested in relation to a serious assault on a female Arriva bus driver.
The excellent quality on-board CCTV images quite clearly show the suspect punch his victim in the face with considerable force. The victim can be seen to fall to the ground and the suspect run away. The victim suffered swelling, bruising and a suspected broken nose.
The Metropolitan Police Workplace Violence Unit took on the investigation after Arriva Buses provided the clear CCTV images.
The 21st Century images were sent to all police officers across London and published in the Police Gazette and the Evening Standard in a bid to identify the suspect but without success.
It was then decided that the images would be shown on Crimewatch.
Several viewers called the Crimewatch studio with information and these calls were in turn relayed to Workplace Violence Unit officers who were taking calls and making enquiries based on the information provided.
The same name was being mentioned with each call.
Just one hour after the images were aired, the suspect contacted Bromley Police wanting to turn himself in. Forty minutes later he was arrested at his home by local officers and handed over to Workplace Violence Unit officers for interviewing.
The suspect made a full and frank admission and was later bailed pending further investigation and Crown Prosecution Service charging advice.
Three months after the appeal, the defendant appeared at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court and was given a four month suspended prison sentence valid for 12 months, curfew for 4 months (8pm to 6am) and electronically monitored (tagged) for 4 months.
TDC Anthony Barun from the Workplace Violence Unit, comments: “The CCTV showed quite graphically that the suspect punched the victim with a powerful blow from his right fist causing the victim to fall immediately to the ground.
“The Magistrate stated that the assault was so serious that only custody is justified especially as the defendant was on license at the time of the offence, the victim was a public sector worker and the victim impact statement shows that the assault has caused her to leave her job as a bus driver.
“The defendant has previous convictions for drugs, offensive weapons and assaults. He presently has an impending prosecution for disorderly behaviour.”
It is thought that the suspended sentence was given due to prisons being full as a result of the London riots.
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