Police are asking for help in locating a London jogger involved in an incident on Putney Bridge in which a female pedestrian was apparently pushed into traffic.
The 33-year-old woman, who has not been named, was lucky not to be hit by an oncoming bus which swerved quickly to avoid her.
It came after the jogger, who has been described by police as a white male with brown eyes and short brown hair, wearing a light grey T-shirt and dark blue shorts, launched his seemingly unprovoked attack.
CCTV footage released by Metropolitan police showed the horrifying incident in which the man, thought to be in his early to mid-30s, is seen pushing the woman as he runs past her on the bridge.
The woman involved suffered minor injuries in the incident, which took place on Friday, August 4 at 7:40 am, with the bus involved missing her by a matter of inches.
What makes the story all the more bizarre is that the man involved returned to the scene of the incident 15 minutes later, running across the other side of the bridge. He was confronted by the victim at this point, but ignored her and continued running.
Was the incident an accident or something more sinister? Though the former looks the more likely scenario, the incident should serve as a warning to any over-exuberant fitness fanatics in London and beyond that may be in the habit of “moving” people out of the way.
Running is a great way to keep fit and boost mental health – just don’t be a dick about it.
Sergeant Mat Knowles, the investigating officer from Putney Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “The victim was put in extreme danger when she was knocked into the road. It was only due to the superb quick reactions of the bus driver that she was not hit by the vehicle.
“We are keen to speak to the jogger in the CCTV about what happened that morning. We would urge him or anyone who recognises him to get in touch with us as soon as possible.”
If you have any info you can call the Putney Safer Neighbourhood Team on 020 8785 8874 or 101, tweet @MetCC, or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.