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'Hate crime' on the 63 bus - police appeal for witnesses

Police in Southwark are appealing for information and witnesses after what they describe as a 'hate crime assault' on a bus at Elephant & Castle.

Officers were called at approximately 8.10pm on Wednesday 28 October to reports of a woman being subjected to racial and Islamophobic abuse on a route 63 bus on London Road, Elephant & Castle. The bus was travelling from King's Cross to Peckham.

Police officers spoke to a woman in her forties who said she was injured as a result of being punched in the head and kicked off the bus by two female suspects.

The suspects were heard by the victim and witnesses shouting racist and islamophobic abuse at the victim before and after the attack.

The victim was badly shaken and taken to a central London hospital for treatment. She has since been discharged.

It is believed that a number of passengers may have filmed the incident and taken pictures of the suspects.

Police are urging anyone with footage or images of the incident to get in touch.

Officers from the Roads and Transport Policing Command continue to investigate.

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