Bus passenger punched as he tried to help driver

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A PASSENGER was attacked as he came to the aid of a bus driver who was punched twice as he attempted to calm a group of drunks on board his bus.

Rowdy Ryan Glover, 20, was with two friends on a busy Go North East service in Sunderland at 3.45pm on Monday, November 24, Sunderland magistrates heard.

Prosecutor Stephen Davies said passengers started complaining to driver Richard Easson about the conduct of the group, who were on the top deck of the double decker bus.

“He stopped the vehicle and spoke to them,” Mr Davies said. “They became abusive towards him.”

Mr Easson was followed by the trio as he returned downstairs, where two of the males squared up to him, the court heard.

“Without warning, Mr Glover has punched him to the ground, but he was able to push the other male off the bus” Mr Davies said.

“Due to the behaviour of the males, a passenger, Mr Short, went to the assistance of Mr Easson.

“He was grabbed by the neck and held in a head lock and pushed about.

The defendant then got off the bus. He punched the passenger and the bus driver was punched again.”

Police were called and Glover, of Trafalgar Road, Sulgrave, Washington, was arrested and admitted two counts of assault. A second male was dealt with separately in connection with the incident.

He also pleaded guilty to criminal damage of a Nexus advertising board at Gateshead Metro station on December 15, and obstructing a police officer during his arrest.

Glover was given a 12-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months.

He will be supervised by the Probation Service for 18 months and take part in a thinking skills programme.

He was ordered to pay £250 in compensation, £85 costs and a £80 surcharge.