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Woman knocked unconscious in bus attack: police appeal

Police in Lambeth are appealing for information after a young woman was knocked unconscious during a violent attack on a bus in August this year.

Officers were called to reports of the assault on board a bus in Lambeth Road SE1 on Thursday 29 August.

At about 1.15am the victim, a 22-year-old woman, was on a route 344 bus heading towards Clapham Junction when a group of five men got on the bus in Lambeth Road. None of these men were known to the victim.

The group headed towards the back of the bus where the victim was seated, and words were exchanged, including members of the group criticising the victim's clothing.

One man then poured a can of drink over the victim and pulled her hair. She got up from her seat, but was pushed and then kicked in the stomach.

The victim fell to the floor of the bus and was unconscious. After the assault, the group of men got off the bus and headed in the direction of Lambeth Walk.

The London Ambulance Service was called and the victim was taken to St Thomas' Hospital with an injury to her head. The injury was not severe and she was treated and released later that day.

The main suspect for the assault is described as a light-skinned black man of slim build. He is approximately 20 years old and was wearing a black T-shirt with a patterned pocket on the chest, dark trousers and a baseball cap worn back to front. The other four men in the group were also black. One of the men was sitting on the lap of another for some of their time on the bus.

"This was a shocking attack on a young woman, prompted by nothing more than a brief exchange of words," said Detective Constable Kyla Mulley from Lambeth CID.

"It is vital we track down this man and hold him to account for his behaviour. I am also keen to speak with other members of the group, who would be able to assist the investigation."

Anyone with information is encouraged to call DC Mulley on 020 8649 2196. Alternatively you can report information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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