This is the moment a heroic bus passenger throws two men off after they left the driver battered and bleeding in a horrific attack.
The driver was repeatedly punched in the face by two men who ‘couldn’t afford the fare’ in the unprovoked attack on Monday afternoon.
It was captured on camera by shocked passengers, with one intervening and throwing the two attackers from the bus.
Police confirmed they were called to Cheetham Hill Road in Cheetham Hill at around 1.30pm to reports that a bus driver had been assaulted.
Mobile phone footage shows how the First Bus 135 service from Bury to Manchester had been stopped near to Cheetham Primary Care Centre when two black men began throwing punches at the driver.
You can hear the sound of change dropping to the floor, with the driver shouting at the men several times to get off the bus.
It is at this point that fists go flying towards the driver who is stood up, and another male passenger intervenes, telling the men to get off the bus before throwing them back out the door.
The male passenger then turns to the driver, who goes back to his seat, and asks him if he’s ok.
You ok? You’re cut. You’re bleeding.
Other images show the driver to have blood splattered down his blue shirt, but it’s understood he sustained just minor injuries.
Passengers on the bus say the altercation came about after the two men allegedly attempted to steal money from the driver as they didn’t have enough change for the fare.
The two men are both thought to be in their late teens or early 20s.
One wore a black baseball cap and black bodywarmer over a grey tracksuit and had headphones in.
The other was wearing all black, and both had black bags on their backs, and black trainers.
Adrian Worsfold, director of Operations for First Manchester, said the company will take action to ensure the attackers are brought to justice.
The safety of our staff and our customers is our priority and we’re shocked by this unprovoked attack on our driver. Our staff have the right to do their work without the fear of abuse or attack and we’ll pursue the necessary action to bring those culprits to justice. I would like to thank those customers on the bus who supported our driver and encourage anyone with further information to contact the police.
A spokesman for GMP said no arrests have yet been made.