14 year old attacked 87 year old on bus

A teenager has been convicted of assaulting an 87-year-old woman on a Croydon bus.

The 14-year-old girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at Croydon Youth Court and pleaded guilty to common assault.

She will be sentenced at the same court on 17 January.

On Friday, 16 October, at about 15:20hrs, the victim was travelling on a Route 166 bus on Brighton Road, Coulsdon, when the defendant, who was with another woman, boarded the bus without paying.

A lengthy verbal exchange between the driver, the defendant and the woman followed, which resulted in most of the passengers getting off the bus.

As the victim got up, the defendant punched her in the face, before making off.

A passenger assisted the victim and the driver alerted police.

The victim was taken by the London Ambulance Service to St Helier Hospital and discharged later that day. The victim received a black eye.

Following a police appeal for information, a 14-year-old girl was arrested on Monday, 9 November, and charged with actual bodily harm the following day.

She pleaded guilty to common assault.