Police are appealing for information after shocking CCTV footage released appears to show a jogger pushing a woman in front of a bus on Putney Bridge.
The 33-year-old victim was heading towards Putney Bridge tube station on the east side of Putney Bridge at about 7:40am on Friday 5 May when she was approached by the man, who was jogging towards her.
The male jogger, described as white with short brown hair, brown eyes and aged early to mid 30s, is seen casually jogging up to the woman before knocking her into the road and into the path of an oncoming bus.
(Footage courtesy of Metropolitan Police)
Thanks to the incredibly quick-thinking bus driver, the bus manages to just swerve out of the way and appears to miss hitting her by mere inches.
After the incident, the bus stopped and passengers frantically hurried over to ensure the victim was alright. Luckily, she received only minor injuries.
The jogger, who was also wearing a light grey t-shirt and dark blue shorts, was then seen coming back the other way over the bridge. After spotting him, the victim attempted speaking to him but he continued jogging without acknowledging her.
Investigating officer Mat Knowles, from Putney Safer Neighbourhood Team, said:
“The victim was put in extreme danger when she was knocked into the road. It was only due to the superb quick reactions of the bus driver that she was not hit by the vehicle.
“We are keen to speak to the jogger in the CCTV about what happened that morning. We would urge him or anyone who recognises him to get in touch with us as soon as possible.”
The Metropolitan Police are asking for any witnesses or anyone who can identify the man jogging in the CCTV footage to get in touch.
If you witnessed the incident or can provide any information, please call 101 or the Putney Safer Neighbourhood Team on 020 8785 8874. Alternatively, please tweet @MetCC.
If you wish to report any information anonymously to Crimestoppers, please call 0800 555 111 or do so online at crimestoppers-uk.org.