Arundel Gate: Man punched to the back of the head while boarding bus in Sheffield city centre

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Police are investigating.

A man has been left with a cut to his nose after being punched to the back of the head, while he was boarding a bus in Sheffield city centre.

The incident is alleged to have taken place near to Cooplands on Arundel Gate in Sheffield city centre on Boxing Day (December 26) 2023.

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Officers are now keen to identify the man in this CCTV image as they feel he may be able to assist with their investigationOfficers are now keen to identify the man in this CCTV image as they feel he may be able to assist with their investigation
Officers are now keen to identify the man in this CCTV image as they feel he may be able to assist with their investigation | Submit

Launching a public appeal today (Thursday, February 8, 2024), a South Yorkshire Police spokesperson said: "Officers in Sheffield have released a CCTV image of a man they would like to speak in connection with an assault on a bus.

"It is reported that at 12.30pm on 26 December 2023, a man was punched in the back of the head while he was boarding a bus near Cooplands in Arundel Gate in Sheffield city centre.

"The victim sustained a small cut to his nose after the force of the punch caused him to hit his head on the Perspex glass on the bus driver's cab.

"Enquiries are ongoing, with CCTV trawls of the local area carried out, and officers are now keen to identify the man in this CCTV image as they feel he may be able to assist with their investigation.

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"While we appreciate the CCTV image may not be very clear, we hope the photograph, description and circumstances will jog the memories of people who may have been in the area at the time.

"He is described as a black man, of an average to medium build, who is believed to be in his late 50s or early 60s. It is thought he is around 5ft 8ins tall and the image shows him wearing glasses and headphones which sit over his head.

"He was wearing a dark coloured flat cap, light brown cargo trousers, white trainers and a khaki green body warmer with a grey, long-sleeved jacket underneath. He was also carrying a black and green bag for life.

"Do you recognise this man?"

Anyone who can help is asked to please pass information to South Yorkshire Police via their online live chat, online portal or by calling 101.

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You can access their online portal here: www.southyorks.police.uk/contact-us/report-something/.

Please quote incident number 301 of December 26, 2023 when you get in touch.

Alternatively, if you prefer not to give your personal details, you can stay anonymous and pass on what you know by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers. Call their UK Contact Centre on freephone 0800 555 111 or complete a simple and secure anonymous online form at Crimestoppers-uk.org