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Tuesday 23rd July 2019

Police hunt teenager who pushed teacher in front of a bus on Oxford Street

She told him and a female friend off for spitting at her niece

The Metropolitan Police are appealing for witnesses after a primary school teacher was pushed in front of a double decker bus in central London.

They have released a photograph of a teenage boy who is suspected of assaulting 56-year-old Geraldine Lynne on Oxford Street.

This teenager is wanted in connection with an assault on Oxford Street (Credit: Twitter @MetPolice)

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On Thursday (June 20), the police launched an appeal for the boy who is wanted in connection with what could have been a fatal encounter.

Alongside a photograph of the suspect, police said they were appealing for witnesses and information "after a woman was assaulted on Oxford Street". 

They went on to explain that the incident in question happened at approximately 2.45pm on Saturday (June 15) outside River Island near the junction with Great Titchfield Street, W1.

Teacher Geraldine was walking with her niece, aged in her 20s, when they became involved in an altercation with a male and a female.

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The male spat at the women before walking across the road.

However, when the woman took a picture of the male on her phone and called out his behaviour, she was shoved to the ground by the suspect who then fled into Oxford Circus Underground Station. 

My niece saw him use both his hands and push me with full force. I landed in front of the bus.

Luckily, the woman was not seriously injured.

According to the Evening Standard, the problems started when Geraldine's niece had asked the couple to stop treading on the back of her heels.

Geraldine told the newspaper: "My niece turned round and asked them to stop and I told the two teens to walk in front of us.

"I assumed it was an accident. A few moments later, I heard them say, 'Three, two, one' and with that he spat at my niece.

"I was really shocked. The girl ran off but I managed to get my phone out, walked over to the boy, and took his photo."

Ms Lynne, from Mill Hill, said the youth became "aggressive" as a bus stopped in traffic at the junction with Great Titchfield Street.

She added: "My niece saw him use both his hands and push me with full force. I landed in front of the bus. Fortunately, it wasn't moving. But I'm horrified to consider what might've happened if a 12-and-a-half tonne bus had run over me."

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or tweet @MetCC and quote CAD 4070/15Jun - alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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