Grandmother's hair set on fire

Left: Two men police would like to speak to about the attack. Right: A jacket worn by one of the men.

by Ben Glass
November 27, 2008

A GRANDMOTHER'S hair was set ablaze as she sat on a Coventry bus.

The woman, 50, was on the number 27 in Fairfax Street when she was attacked.

Detective Constable Simon Tate, of CID in Little Park Street Police Station, said the assault was unprovoked and involved two assailants.

He said: "A fellow passenger had to help the woman pad out the flames.

"If she'd been wearing hairspray it could have been a lot worse.

"The victim has been very upset and traumatised by the way it left her hair but she did not need hospital treatment."

The attack happened on August 26 at 5.45pm but DC Tate said new CCTV footage of a jacket worn by one of the men he would like to speak to could prove vital.

He said: “The item of clothing in the new CCTV image is particularly distinctive and could be vital in identifying one of the two men.

“The man wearing the distinctive jacket is described as white skinned, approximately 50 years of age.

“He is wearing a dark, waist length jacket with a picture on the back of American style trucks or lorries.

“Underneath the picture is gold or yellow lettering. I would appeal to anyone who may have information about the man wearing it, or the younger man to contact the police.”

It is unclear what was used to set the woman's hair on fire.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or knows the men can contact CID at Little Park Street police station on 0845 113 5000 or crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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