London bus 'racist rant' video: Woman arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated public order offence

Police have appealed for witnesses to come forward

Shehab Khan
Saturday 17 October 2015 18:08 BST
The incident was captured by a fellow passenger on the 206 bus
The incident was captured by a fellow passenger on the 206 bus (maxmeal/YouTube)

A woman has been arrested after a video of a racist incident on a London bus went viral on social media.

Police said a 36-year-old was arrested on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence at her home in Willesden Green on Friday. She has been taken into custody at a North London police station while investigations continue.

The arrrest follows a public appeal over an incident in which a pregnant Muslim woman was filmed being verbally abused and threatened. In the video, her abuser appeared to describe Muslim women as "Isis b******", "dirty w*****" and told them to "go back to your f*****g country”.

The alleged victim, who did not want her name published, told The Evening Standard that the rant seemed to come from nowhere. She said: "No-one did anything so I walked to the driver and asked him to call the police. And he said 'You can do that yourself'."

She said the rant lasted 10 minutes and added: "I would've expected someone to stand up for me and my family and friend as I don't speak English, especially the driver."

Anyone who has information that may help the investigation, or who was on the bus at the time, has been asked to contact the Met police or Crimestoppers.

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