Putney Bridge jogger: police arrest man, 41, in hunt for runner who pushed woman into path of bus

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Police hunting for a jogger who pushed a pedestrian into the path of a bus on Putney Bridge have made an arrest.

Officers have held a man aged 41 on suspicion of causing grevious bodily harm over the shocking ‘random’ attack in west London.

The man was arrested this morning at a property in Chelsea, police said.

CCTV footage emerged earlier this week showing a runner crossing the bridge suddenly appear to charge towards a woman walking in the other direction.

The woman is shoved to the ground in the path of the bus

He crashes into her, sending her flying into the road and forcing the driver of a double decker bus to swerve at the last second to avoid her head.

The bus stopped and passengers tended to the 33-year-old woman, who suffered bruising and back pain. 

Some 15 minutes later, the suspect passed his victim again on the bridge, going the other way, and ignored her when she tried to talk to him, police said.

A jogger approaches the female pedestrian

Colleagues of the hero bus driver whose split-second swerve saved the woman said today he deserved a medal for his actions.

The driver, who the Standard understands has worked on buses for a decade, was travelling at around 12mph when he saw the incident and pulled into the middle of the road, bringing the bus to a halt inches from the woman’s head.

Police appealed earlier this week following the incident on May 5

This morning’s arrest was made following a “good response” from a public appeal to catch the suspect.

The man is in custody at a south London police station, the Met said.

Officers continue to appeal for witnesses after the incident, which happened on Friday, May 5 at about 7.40am.

Witnesses to the alleged attack can call Putney safer neighbourhood team on 0208 785 8874 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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