A man has been arrested after allegedly pushing a woman into the path of an oncoming bus in London.
The incident, which took place on Putney Bridge in south west London, went viral at the beginning of this week, as the police and the internet searched for the man dubbed the “Putney Bridge Pusher”.
Scotland Yard have said that a 41-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm following a police operation at an address in Chelsea on the morning of Thursday 10 August. The man has been taken to a south London police station where he will remain in custody.
It was reported across a variety of new sources that the police were closing in on the Putney Bridge Pusher, who had been elusive since the incident, which happened on Friday 4 August. The pair had collided on the bridge at 07:40am on Friday morning and the footage was captured by another bus which was travelling ahead of them at the time.
It has emerged that the man and woman crossed paths 15 minutes after the incident, when he made his return journey, and it is believed that the woman then confronted him. However, he allegedly ignored the victim during the rush hour incident, with officers from the Met saying “he did not acknowledge her.”
A Scotland Yard spokesman issued a statement regarding the incident, saying: “We can confirm that we have received a good response from the appeal and are following a number of lines of enquiry.
“We are still keen to hear from anyone who has information who has not yet come forward.”
The dramatic footage, which we must warn is pretty distressing, shows an oncoming bus being forced to swerve into an adjacent lane in order to avoid hitting, and potentially killing the woman. After the bus had come to a stop, she was helped by the driver and passengers of the bus, but police say that she had been “put in extreme danger when she was knocked into the road.”
“It was only due to the superb quick reactions of the bus driver that she was not hit by the vehicle.” said Investigating officer Sergeant Mat Knowles.
A source from Go Ahead London, the company which own the bus, said that it was only because the driver was going at 12mph that the he was able to avoid the woman:
“It is just shocking, the entire top half of this woman was in the road very close to the bus’s front tyres and this man just ran off
“The CCTV is from two buses the one which swerved and the one in front, they were both doing the 430 route.”
It’s a pretty appalling and cowardly act from the man in question, and it’s a good job that it was captured on CCTV and that the woman thankfully came to no home. It remains to be seen what the charges will be, but given the amount of attention that the incident has received, I’m sure that the police won’t take it easy on him.