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Police hunt for bus scarf strangler

DO YOU KNOW THIS MAN?: Bus strangler suspect

POLICE HAVE made an appeal to the public in help identifying a man who attempted to strangle a passenger on a London bus with a scarf in an “unprovoked attack”.

The incident occurred on December 1 at 1.50pm on a C1 bus in Earls Court and, according to the police, the 37-year-old male victim passed out after being choked with the clothing accessory.

CCTV footage shows the pair having a brief conversation before the suspect launches at the victim and strangles him with his scarf from behind.

Footage shows the victim passing out for a matter of seconds and then coming round before being strangled again.

The attack lasted for around 30 seconds and the victim was taken to hospital and treated for minor injuries.

WARNING: Video contains graphic footage

The suspect got off the bus at Shepherds Bush at 1.57pm.

He has been described as a black male, in his early to mid 20s, wearing a grey beanie hat, a sleeveless puffa-style jacket, a beige sweat shirt underneath, dark jeans and dark boots.

Detective Constable Thomas Norman, of Notting Hill CID, said: "This was an unprovoked attack on an innocent passenger who was on his way to work.

"The victim has been left highly traumatised. It was so violent that he passed out and this could have been far worse.

"I would urge anyone with information or anyone who recognises this man to contact us as soon as possible. This man is a danger to the public."

Anyone with information or witnesses can contact Notting Hill CID on 0208 246 0217, the non-emergency police line on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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