CCTV footage of bus gang's OAP attack is deleted
PUBLISHED: 18:10 07 May 2008 | UPDATED: 10:16 22 July 2010
A GANG of yobs who attacked a pensioner on a bus may never be brought to justice – because officials deleted the CCTV footage.
A GANG of yobs who attacked a pensioner on a bus may never be brought to justice - because officials deleted the CCTV footage.
The elderly man, who asked not to be named for fear of reprisals, was punched on the route 143 bus in Highgate Hill, Archway.
His hope was that the camera would help snare his attackers. But despite the driver pressing his emergency button and police being called, the images were erased by Transport for London.
Transport for London has denied it is its fault and say Islington police never requested the footage. Islington police refuses to respond to the complaint, saying it is not able to "provide personal information without consent".
The victim - who reacted with astonishment at the loss - fears the yobs will never be caught.
He said: "You would have thought the police would have got the CCTV footage at the first opportunity. How many people are getting away like this?"
He also told the Gazette of his trauma over the attack, which happened on Easter Sunday.
He said: "I was walking in Junction Road [Archway] when I saw these hoodies coming towards me. One punched me right in the stomach. I walked d caught the first bus."
He continued: "The gang got on the bus and the ringleader punched me. Then they started punching the driver's glass. It depresses me - I see society going down the pan."
A spokeswoman for Transport for London said: "CCTV on all of London's buses has helped in the fight against bus related crime. Transport for London works with the police and bus companies to provide 24-hour access to CCTV footage when it is requested.
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