A bus company has decided to take legal action against a teenage passenger after he was let off with a police caution after assaulting a ticket inspector.
Local press reported yesterday that Edward Cabot (67) was left with a severe black eye and a gash to his head after being punched by a 16-year old boy. His glasses were also smashed in the incident.
The assault happened while the former RAF Military Policeman, who is currently receiving treatment for leukaemia, was working on the Norfolk Green school service in Spalding earlier this month.
The incident started when a teacher travelling on the school service asked the teenager to stop swearing.The teenager carried on being abusive and the teacher told him to get off the bus. The boy then threw a punch which knocked Mr Cabot to the floor.
The boy has since been banned from travelling on all Norfolk Green buses.
The incident was reported to Lincolnshire Police who later decided to let the teenager off with a caution. However, this has so infuriated Norfolk Green that they say they are now planning a private prosecution against the teenager, and are also intending to contact the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
Richard Pengelly, operations director for Norfolk Green, said: “We are disgusted by the police’s reaction to this.
“It seems like the boy has got off scot-free. There was 50 or 60 school children and a teacher who witnessed what happened.
“If a driver or inspector had shouted at a pupil, or assaulted someone, then they would rightly be suspended and action taken.”
“The other children on the bus were marvellous and have written cards to Mr Cabot asking him not to judge all the children like this one boy,” he added.
“When he is better we are hoping that Mr Cabot will be able to go on the school run again to see everyone who helped him.”
While normal Norfolk Green buses are fitted with CCTV cameras on board, the one used by Edward was not.
Lincolnshire Police declined to comment.