Police have released CCTV footage of the moment a woman was knocked unconscious after a violent attack on a bus in Lambeth. The 22-year-old was heading towards Clapham Junction when a man got on, and headed towards the back of the bus where the victim was sitting.
A can of drink was poured over the woman who was then kicked in the stomach before falling unconscious.
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Police are trying to find a man seen on CCTV around the time of the attack om Thursday 29 August, at around 1:15am.
Police are appealing for information after a young woman was knocked unconscious during a violent attack on a Route 344 bus.
The 22-year old was assaulted as the bus headed towards Clapham Junction in the early hours of Thursday, 29th August.
The main suspect is described as a light-skinned black man of slim build. He's approximately 20 years old and was wearing a black T-shirt with a patterned pocket on the chest, dark trousers and a baseball cap worn back to front.
Detectives also want to speak to four other men he was travelling with. After the assault, the group of men got off the bus and headed in the direction of Lambeth Walk, SE1.
The victim was taken hospital with a head injury and was treated and released later that day.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call DC Mulley on 020 8649 2196. Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
The trio have had indirect contact with officers but police have had to wait until trauma experts gave them the go-ahead to take their accounts in person.
Commander Steve Rodhouse said: "We have not yet been able to formally interview the victims in this case so we don't fully understand the nature of the allegations. We are moving to a point where we will be able to interview the victims and our plan is actually to do so today.
"The victims are in the care of specialists who have got great experience of dealing with people who have been subject to trauma.
"We're working to that advice of those experts as to how best to handle those victims, to support them and of course to draw out the evidence we would need to substantiate any prosecution."
ITV News understands that one of the alleged victims is this woman, Josephine, who is now believed to be 57 years old.
She is pictured here as part of an ITV documentary in 1997 about the death of Sian Davies, who died after a fall from the window of a house used by the group.
Press reports from 1978 say a then 22-year-old commune member, Josephine Herival, was arrested during a police raid on the group's headquarters in Brixton. Sian Davies was also arrested at the same time, according to the reports.
Josephine, pictured here, is believed to be the Irish woman mentioned in recent police reports.
ITV News' UK Editor Lucy Manning understands that the couple accused of holding three women as slaves for more than 30 years are Aravindan Balakrishnan, known as Comrade Bala, and his wife Comrade Chanda.
The alleged victims - a 30-year-old Briton , a 57-year-old Irish woman and a 69-year-old Malaysian - are believed to have suffered years of "physical and mental abuse" at the hands of the couple.