Woman has hair burned with lighter on bus

Police are trying to identify the woman responsible

Monday, 2nd November 2020 — By Bronwen Weatherby

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A WOMAN was left “shocked and distressed” after having her hair burned by another passenger aboard a bus.

The 33-year-old had been sat on 328 bus, which goes through West Hampstead, at around 4.45pm on Sunday,August 30, when the suspect – another woman – boarded at Kilburn High Road.

The woman, who did not pay as she got on the bus, sat behind the victim at the back of the bottom deck and as the bus made its way towards Maida Vale she began playing with a lighter and then started to burn strands of the victim’s hair.

The victim attempted to phone the police but the suspect got off the bus, shouting: “Call the police, send me to jail, I will burn you anyway.”

Police have now released an image of a woman they want to identify in connection with the assault.

Police Constable Matt Cannon said: “Although the victim didn’t suffer serious injuries, she was understandably shocked and distressed by this incident.

“It was sheer luck that that she didn’t suffer burns as a result.

“I am very keen to know the identity of the female shown in the image and urge anyone who can name her to contact police.”

Anyone with information is urged to get in touch with the Met quoting reference number 5466/30AUG.

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