olice have released an image of a man they want to question after a passenger spat at a bus when challenged for not wearing a mask.
The incident happened on a number 83 bus near Wembley, north-west London, at around 10.40pm on Friday.
As he boarded the bus, the man agreed to put on a mask when asked by the driver but then sat on the upper deck without wearing one.
When the bus stopped at Lakeside Way, the driver told him he would have to get off if he refused.
The man then shouted at the driver and spat at him which hit the glass on the front door, the Met said.
PC Matt Cannon, from the roads and transport policing command, said: “Bus drivers have worked throughout the pandemic at great risk to themselves, providing an essential service to key workers and others who rely on public transport to get around.
“Any assault against a driver doing their job is unacceptable, but spitting, given the threat posed by Covid-19 and what we know about how it is transmitted, is particularly appalling.
“We have been pursuing alternative lines of inquiry to identify this man, but so far it has not been possible to locate him. I’m hopeful the public hold the key to finding out who and where he is.”
Face masks are no longer required by law on public transport after the remaining coronavirus restrictions in England were lifted.
This means enforcement officers are able to deny access or eject passengers found to be non-compliant while using the network.