Bus driver attack on the number 36 Ripon to Harrogate

14 February 2011

Bus driver attacker captured on CCTV

Harrogate police are appealing for witnesses after a bus driver was assaulted at South Stainley.

Officers have released CCTV footage of a man suspected of carrying out the attack on Friday 31 January 2010, aboard the number 36 bus from Ripon to Harrogate.

The incident occurred at the stop outside the Red Lion at around 2.30pm when a man punched the driver several times in the face before getting off the bus.

The driver, a 31-year-old man from Harrogate was not seriously hurt during the assault, however he suffered bruising and reddening to his face.

Police are urging the public to help them identify the man responsible for the attack.

PC Yvonne Lofthouse, of Harrogate police, said: “This was an unacceptable, unprovoked assault on a man going about his job.

“The CCTV still that we have released clearly shows the suspect and I am hoping that someone will recognise him and help us to identify him.

“I would urge anyone who can help the investigation to contact the police or Crimestoppers.”

Anyone with any information that could help the police with their enquiries is urged to contact PC Yvonne Lofthouse, of Harrogate police, on 0845 60 60 24 7, quoting reference number 12100222562.

Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.


  1. This is disgusting, I have travelled the country and have always boasted about how our buses don’t need the big plastic barrier between the driver and the public and then some idiot attacks a driver. What sort of person does that? What is there to gain from mindless violence??? Am glad to hear the driver is not too badly hurt and hope that the culprit is brought to justice quickly.

  2. hi,
    i’m a bus driver in France, and my GF comes from Harrogate. I come several times in your country and in Harrogate, i love this town.
    In France, we never do this, and this is a part of the problem. We have CCTV in our bus, but it’s only for the police, we never show the idiot’s face on website or newspaper.
    The French passengers are unfair with us, they never say hello, thank you, etc…. the bus driver is invisible. sometime, i’m ashamed to be French. they don’t respect the guy who takes their childrens to school or have their live in his hand.
    i one day i can, i’d like to be a bus driver in Harrogate. that’s all, and sorry for my English.

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