Footage has emerged of a pensioner being beaten up on a London bus after being racist towards passengers.
In the video, a group of young people accuse the older man of racially abusing them and calling them ‘monkeys’, to which he replies, ‘F*** off, yes, you’re a monkey.’
A huge argument ensues with the man screaming racist abuse and obscenities towards them.
Friends are then filmed having to hold two passengers back, before a fight breaks out leaving the pensioner with a black eye and a huge bump on his head.
The events took place on the 251 bus towards Arnos Grove in Enfield while it was parked on a street in Edgware, North London at around 6pm yesterday.
The video was posted by Instagram user @jayjaydax, who claimed the man had called the group ‘monkeys’ and ‘n******’ prior to the row.
The Instagram user said: ‘He had just gotten on the bus, we decided to stand because the back had a couple of people.
‘My cousin was leaning on the hand bars and the man randomly pushed his elbow off. So he did the normal thing and turned around confused and asked, “Why did you push my arm off?”
‘The man then replied by shouting, “Don’t talk to me you monkey,” which is when my friend turned around and said, “What did you say?”
‘We were all so shocked and then the man proceeded by shouting, “Stop talking to me you monkeys, f*** off,” repeatedly.
She added another passenger on the bus reported the elderly man to the bus driver who called the police.
The camerawoman said that before the physical altercation, ‘the bus driver called the police on the white man, but they clearly didn’t get there in time’.
‘The man then began calling us n****** and saying we shouldn’t be on the bus. He then kept coming forward as if he was going to push us,’ she added.
‘But then as you can see in the video ended up actually swinging for my friends, which is why they hit him. It was simply self defence.’
She said the other bus passengers advised the group leave the scene before the police arrived.
‘Everybody on the bus suggested us leaving. They all already know how the system is. We would have been arrested,’ she explained.
In a lengthy post accompanying the clip, the Instagram user wrote: ‘Imagine being on the bus minding your business when a man begins calling you a monkey and a n***** and shouting at you to get off the bus. Keep in mind he tried swinging first.’
In a caption on one of her Instagram clips, she claimed the pensioner ‘got what he deserved’.
A spokesperson from the Metropolitan Police told Metro.co.uk: ‘Police were alerted shortly before 6.40pm on Tuesday, September 8, to reports of a racially aggravated assault on a bus on Lawrence Street, NW7.
‘It was alleged that a man made racist remarks towards another passenger while on board the 251 bus towards Arnos Grove.
‘Following this, the man who reportedly made the remarks was then assaulted.Officers attended and found a 70-year-old man with head injuries.
‘London Ambulance Service also attended and the man was taken to hospital.
‘His injuries are not life-changing or life-threatening. There were no arrests and an investigation is ongoing.’
Officers said they are aware of the video circulating on social media and encourage witnesses to call 101.
This is not the first time racist abuse has been captured on camera in recent months. Two men hurled disgusting language at a teenager on a London bus in July and threatened to ‘knock him out’ if he didn’t get off.
And a Morrisons employee was filmed screaming racist abuse at a supermarket customer in north London last month.
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