Ambulance: Operations commander car.
Photo: Rob Wright/The Coffs Coast Advocate.
Ambulance: Operations commander car. Photo: Rob Wright/The Coffs Coast Advocate. Rob Wright/The Coffs Coast Advoc

71-year-old attacked on bus over smoking

POLICE are calling for witnesses after an elderly man was assaulted on a bus travelling from Tweed Heads to Southport over the weekend.

The 71-year-old man was travelling from Tweed Heads to Southport on Saturday when he was allegedly punched in the face several times.

Queensland Police said a group of six men in their early twenties boarded the bus when it stopped at Tugun.

One of the men lit up a cigarette.

The victim asked the man to abstain when he was allegedly assaulted while the bus was around the Palm Beach area.

The smoker is then alleged to have punched the elderly man several times in the head and face, before the group of men got off the bus.

The elderly man was transported to Gold Coast University Hospital with facial injuries.

The offender is described as being in his early twenties, 175cm tall, Caucasian in appearance with short blonde hair and wearing a white jumper and beige pants.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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