New leads in hunt for Putney Bridge 'shove' jogger after financier is cleared of any involvement

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Detectives today said they were following up a number of new leads in the hunt for a jogger who shoved a woman in front of a bus on Putney Bridge.

Scotland Yard today revealed that there were a number of leads officers were following up although indicated a new arrest was not imminent.

A spokesman said: “The investigation continues and we are following up a number of leads.”

It comes after the police announced over the weekend that a financier arrested over the incident had been eliminated from inquiries.

Eric Bellquist, 41, was quizzed by police in connection with the incident which was captured on CCTV. 

His lawyers revealed the financier, who works for Mayfair firm Hutton Collins, had irrefutable proof that he was in the United States at the time of the incident.  

Police announced that Mr Bellquist had been ruled out as a suspect. 

A statement from Mr Bellquist’s solicitors Duncan Lewis said he was “very upset” to be implicated in an “abhorrent crime” and now wanted privacy. 

The woman’s head narrowly misses being crushed under the bus

It said: “Our client is pleased to have had his name cleared by the Metropolitan Police but obviously very upset to have been implicated at all in this abhorrent crime.

“We ask that the media and public now respect Mr Bellquist and his family’s privacy.”

The man makes a beeline for the female pedestrian

Mr Bellquist, who was arrested on Thursday, was quick to offer evidence that he was out of the country at the time of the assault, according to police.

He was detained following inquiries at a residential address but on Saturday police officially cleared him. 

Footage from the incident on May 8 appears to show the jogger shove his 33 year old victim into the oncoming path of a bus. The driver of the Go Ahead service swerved to avoid her and has been hailed as a “hero” by colleagues. 

Police say the jogger crossed the bridge on his return journey 15 minutes later and that the woman confronted him but was ignored. 

The jogger, who was caught on camera by a bus is described as a white man in his early to mid 30s with brown eyes and short brown hair. He was wearing a light grey T-shirt and dark blue shorts. 

Information can also be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online.


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