Bow murder: Pensioner dies after fight with man on east London bus

Tom Powell
Scene: the fight continued on Parnell Road: Google Streetview

A murder investigation has been launched after a pensioner died following a fight on a bus in east London.

The victim, believed to be in his late 60s, got into an “altercation” with another man on a route 488 bus in Bow on Monday evening.

Both men stepped off the bus in Parnell Road, less than 1km from the Olympic Stadium, before continuing the fight on the residential street, according to police.

The victim then collapsed. He was rushed to an east London hospital in an ambulance but later died.

A Met spokesman said a 73-year-old man was arrested near the scene on suspicion of grievous bodily harm. He remained in custody on Tuesday evening at an east London police station where he was being questioned.

Police were initially called at 8.45pm on Monday to reports of two men fighting in the road.

Detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command are now appealing for anyone who witnessed the fight on the bus or in the road to come forward.

Formal identification and a post-mortem examination will take place in due course, while police are also in the process of notifying the victim’s family.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Incident Room on 0208 345 3985 or via Twitter @MetCC. Alternatively Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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