Suspect Eyed in Woman's Near Miss With Bus

The man is in custody, say London police
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 10, 2017 11:00 AM CDT
A male jogger, top right, runs toward a woman on Putney Bridge in London in this image from CCTV footage.   (Metropolitan Police via AP)

(Newser) – Police in the UK have arrested a suspect in the shocking assault on a female pedestrian in London. A man was arrested in London's Chelsea neighborhood on Thursday on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm, reports the BBC; the man's age was originally reported as being 41 but has been corrected to 50, per the Guardian. Days earlier, London police had released CCTV footage showing a male jogger knocking a woman into the path of a double-decker bus on Putney Bridge on May 5. The 33-year-old woman escaped major injury only because the driver of the bus abruptly steered away from her.

"He's a hero and deserves a medal for saving that poor woman's life," a colleague tells the Evening Standard. "It's horrific to think what could have happened if the driver wasn't able to act as quick as he did" while also managing to "avoid all the other cars" on the bridge, the colleague adds. The Standard reports the driver is "stunned by the outpouring of praise" following release of the footage. Police also received a "good response," per ABC News, with the Guardian reporting Thursday's arrest came only after a tip from the public. (Read more London stories.)

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