Update: Community in shock as alleged bus attack victim remains in critical condition

A MAN has been bailed after being questioned by police following last week’s alleged attack on a bus passenger in Defoe Road.

The passenger, in his 60s, was allegedly pushed off the bus and hit his head. He was taken to Ipswich Hospital with serious head injuries. He was later transferred to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.

A spokeswoman for Suffolk police said the man remains in a critical condition.

Witnesses said three men in their 20s had been involved in an “altercation” with the alleged victim shortly before the incident.

A 26-year-old man was arrested on Friday and questioned about the incident. He was released on police bail on Saturday.

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Two other men contacted the police and were interviewed about the incident. However, they were not arrested.

The Rev Andrew Dotchin, Rector of Whitton church, said he did not know the alleged victim, but people across the area had been shocked by the incident, which happened at about 6pm on Thursday.

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He said: “People can’t believe what has happened. It is just not the kind of thing you expect to happen. I don’t know the injured man, but everyone is hoping he soon recovers.”

The driver of the number 10 bus was able to return to work the day after the incident – but Ipswich Buses managing director Malcolm Robson said the incident had come as a shock to everyone connected with the company. He said: “We are very concerned and upset about it.

“Our driver is back at work and is very upset about it and we hope (the alleged victim) makes a full recovery.”

Police are continuing to appeal for anyone with information to contact Ipswich CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

n Do you know the alleged victim? E-mail starnews@archant.co.uk or call the newsdesk on 01473 324788.

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