Bishopsgate: Man jailed for attack on bus driver and police officers

A man has been jailed for two years and seven months for battery of a bus driver and assaults on emergency service staff, following an investigation by the City of London Police.

Reece Sudbury, 34, of Romford, attacked a bus driver on Worship Street in the Ward of Bishopsgate on 27 August 2022.

Sudbury boarded an out-of-service Transport for London bus. The bus driver told him it was out of service and asked him to alight. Sudbury then attacked the bus driver in an extended incident. The victim was punched, bitten, and tackled to the ground.

City of London Police officers arrived and arrested Sudbury. During the arrest and transport to custody, he attempted to punch kick and headbutt officers. He kicked one officer and bit another during original restraint. Whilst in custody, he continued to be exceptionally violently and assaulted another two officers.

Sudbury pleaded guilty to one count of assault against the bus driver and four counts of assault on emergency workers. Sudbury also pleaded guilty to six counts of commercial burglary that took place in Barking and Dagenham between September and December of 2023, whilst he was on court bail for the original assaults.

Detective Constable Sam Lowe, from the City of London Police said:

“This was an unprovoked attack on a hard-working bus driver just going about his job.

“Sudbury is a violent individual who after being arrested was persistently aggressive and punched and bit our officers. Our officers acted professionally and without fear.

“Our message is clear and simple – do not come to the City and attack our public servants. Our officers will respond and bring you to justice.”

Sudbury was sentenced on Friday 14 June 2024 at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

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