NHS Test and Trace worker's head stamped on five times on London bus

An NHS Test and Trace worker was allegedly stamped on five times in the head aboard a London bus after moving away from a passenger who was not wearing his face mask properly.

The man, 63, woke up in hospital after being repeatedly punched and stamped on minutes after boarding the route 149 bus at Seven Sisters, north London, about 9.45pm on August 23.

CCTV footage shows a man pointing at the NHS worker’s face mask before launching the attack.

The victim is then seen face down on the floor while his alleged attacker walks over him to get off the bus.

The man woke up in hospital with no recollection of what had occurred.

Police believe the man became offended after the other passenger got up to sit somewhere else.

He was apparently wearing his face mask under his chin.

A Met spokesman said: ‘Although there is no sound on the CCTV and all the victim remembers is waking up in hospital, we believe that this was all triggered by face masks.

‘We think that the attacker, who had his face covering beneath his chin, took offence when the victim, who was fully covered, consciously moved away from him.

‘When the attacker then follows the victim to the back of the bus, he can be seen pointing and gesturing at the victim’s face mask before he starts repeatedly punching and kicking him.

‘This was a totally unwarranted violent assault and we urgently need to speak to this man.’

The alleged attacker is described as a tall black man who is between 23 and 25 years old with an athletic/muscular build.

Anyone with information should phone 101.

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