Banker Accused Of Being 'Putney Pusher' Released By Police

12 August 2017, 16:12

Jogger 'Pushes' Woman Into Path Of Double-Decker Bus

Jogger 'Pushes' Woman Into Path Of Double-Decker Bus

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A banker has been released by police after they arrested him in connection to the incident on London's Putney Bridge.

A financier accused of being the "Putney pusher" has been released by police with no further action after they arrested him on suspicion of GBH.

Eric Bellquist, 41, was arrested on Thursday after police released CCTV of the May 5 incident on Monday.

But the banker claimed he was in the US at the time of the incident, and has now been released with no further action.

His lawyer said Mr Bellquist "categorically denied" being the man seen in the video, adding he had "irrefutable proof" he was in the US at the time.

The shocking CCTV footage shows a jogger pushing a woman into the path of an oncoming bus.

The bus swerved out of the way of the fallen woman and narrowly avoided hitting her head as she fell. It then stopped and passengers rushed to help her.

Eric Bellquist, 41, was accused of being the 'Putney pusher' Photo: Facebook
Eric Bellquist, 41, was accused of being the 'Putney pusher' Photo: Facebook

Police are still searching for the man responsible.

Authorities say the victim tried to speak to the jogger but he refused to acknowledge her and carried on running.

He is described as a white man, aged early to mid 30s, with brown eyes and short brown hair. He was wearing a light grey t-shirt and dark blue shorts.

Sergeant Mat Knowles said: "The victim was put in extreme danger when she was knocked into the road. It was only due to the superb quick reactions of the bus driver that she was not hit by the vehicle.

"We are keen to speak to the jogger in the CCTV about what happened that morning. We would urge him or anyone who recognises him to get in touch with us as soon as possible."

Anyone with information or any witnesses are asked to call Putney Safer Neighbourhood Team on 020 8785 8874 or 101 or tweet @MetCC.

Information can also be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.

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