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Police hunt vicious thug behind brutal bus attack on 63-year-old NHS Test and Trace worker

Police are hunting for a vicious thug who punched an NHS Test and Trace worker to the ground in a furious row over social distancing and facemasks on a London bus. 

Scotland Yard said the 63-year-old victim got on the 149 bus, which was heading north towards Edmonton, near Seven Sisters station, just before his attacker boarded at the next stop at around 9:45pm on August 23.

Five minutes into the journey, the victim was punched to the floor and had his head stamped on five times after the thug 'took offence' at him wearing a mask and moving out of his way to maintain social-distancing.

All the victim can remember is waking up in hospital but CCTV shows him confronting his attacker moments before the savage assault.

Pc Bowman from the Roads and Transport Policing Command 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. 

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