The Safer Travel Unit at West Midlands Police, have highlighted the benefit of CCTV on Birmingham's buses, after putting 35-year-old Jason Wilson behind bars for a brutal attack in October 2013.
Sergeant Ben Westwood, said:
There are around 11,000 CCTV cameras on West Midlands buses so people need to accept that if they commit offences on board they are likely to be caught on camera. These cameras provide high quality images which help police trace offenders and provide irrefutable evidence…as Wilson has found to his cost. Fortunately crime on the region’s buses remains low and incidents of this nature are rare: latest figures show that, excluding vandalism, there is just one offence in every 147,500 bus rides.
A 32-year-old woman from Quinton, who was arrested on February 6th - a day after the footage was first released - remains on police bail whilst officers investigate her involvement.
Following the arrest of 35-year-old Jason Wilson, from Dudnill Grove in Bartley Green, for a brutal assault on a Birmingham bus, West Midlands Police have credited the 'fantastic' public response to a video showing the attack.
PC Antony Watts said:
The response from the public to our appeal was fantastic with many people offering new information and several providing Wilson’s name and address… It was only a matter of time before we caught up with him...
... The public were understandably disgusted by the footage: the victim was minding his own business when he politely asked Wilson to stop the children throwing sweets at him... But that request prompted a barbaric, prolonged attack... At one stage Wilson stood on a seat to get a better kicking angle and the victim was lucky to escape with only a broken nose as it could have been much worse. What makes it even more shocking is that he unleashed the attack in front of the children he was travelling with.
A man is behind bars having admitted a charge of assault, after temporarily blinding and breaking the nose of another man in a brutal assault on a Birmingham bus.
35-year-old Jason Wilson, from Dudnill Grove in Bartley Green, handed himself in to a Birmingham police station on Thursday afternoon.
CCTV footage released by police showed him squirt lemon juice in the eyes of a 21-year-old passenger before kicking and punching him:
It was described by West Midlands Police at the time as 'an over the top' reaction to being asked if his children could stop throwing sweets.
Footage from the top-deck of the Number 24 bus, enabled people to identify Mr Wilson as the attacker as they travelled through Birmingham city centre on January 11th.
He was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and admitted the offence at Birmingham Magistrates Court this morning. He is set to appear at Birmingham Crown Court on March 7th for sentencing.
West Midlands Police have praised the 'fantastic' public response, after they appealed for help finding the attacker of a man on a bus in Birmingham.
A 32-year-old woman was arrested yesterday, in connection with an attack on a 21-year-old man on the number 24 bus service last month.
Police released CCTV footage on Wednesday, which showed the passenger being severely beaten by another man on the top deck of the bus.
PC Rob Harper, investigating, said:
"People were understandably disgusted by the footage: the victim was minding his own business when he politely asked the group to stop throwing sweets at him... But that request prompted a barbaric, prolonged attack...
... The response from the public to our appeal was fantastic with many people offering new information and several providing the same name for the man and woman believed to be involved. Efforts are on-going to trace the male suspect."
Detectives investigating a brutal attack which happened in front of two children on a bus in Birmingham have described the assault as "prolonged and barbaric".
Investigating officer, PC Rob Harper, urged anyone who recognised the attackers to come forward - and said the victim was "lucky" to have escaped with just a broken nose.
The man was minding his own business when he politely asked the group to stop throwing sweets at him – but that request prompted a barbaric, prolonged attack.
The victim had something like pepper spray squirted in his face which rendered him defenceless as the blows rained down on him.
At one stage, he said, the video shows the attacker standing on a seat to get a better kicking angle, whilst the woman he was with also occasionally joined in the assault - and even appears to be recording the incident on her mobile phone.
The victim was lucky to escape with only a broken nose as it could have been much worse.
What makes this even more shocking is that they unleashed this attack in front of the two children they were travelling with.