VIDEO: Dramatic video from Plymouth bus CCTV after incident in St Judes
DRAMATIC video footage captures the moment a quick-thinking bus driver comes to the rescue of a terrified city man.
Detectives are hunting a yob who subjected the Indian-born store manager to a tirade of abuse and threats in broad daylight.
The 36-year-old victim was waiting at the bus-stop in Embankment Road, at the junction of Laira Street in St Judes, at around 7.45am on Saturday, March 16.
While he was waiting for the bus to take him to work, he passed the time talking on his mobile phone to family in India.
At one stage a group of young men walked past him, police say, one of the group turning back and heading towards him.
Detective Constable Louise Steele, lead investigator, said the victim could not remember the words used, but the man quickly became aggressive and began shouting and swearing at him.
At one stage the man was pushed backwards.
By chance, a bus driver saw the incident unfolding and pulled up, opening the doors of the vehicle to allow the victim refuge before quickly shutting him safely inside.
But the suspect began to kick the doors and then pressed the emergency door release button.
Det Con Steele said: "The bus driver said she very much felt the tone of the comments which the suspect used were racially motivated. She allowed the victim to remain on the bus until the suspect had walked off and had gone out of sight.
"The victim thanked her and got off to await his own bus.
"The driver saw the man rejoin his friends when she drove down the road, but saw that they appeared very unhappy with his actions and he was hit by one of his group.
"We also understand there was another man waiting at the same bus stop who may have witnessed the whole incident.
"We want to hear from this potential witness, or anyone from the suspect's group or anyone who was in the area at the time.
"This has left the victim really quite frightened. He has been the victim of racist abuse in the past, but in this instance he was unsure whether this was racially motivated. However, the bus driver was clear it was and that it appeared the suspect was goading the man into fighting him."
If you can assist police in identifying the man shown, call police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 quoting crime reference EC/13/1593.