Knife-wielding passenger who spat at bus driver in north London is jailed

A knife-wielding passenger who spat at a bus driver in north London has been jailed.

Michael Peterson boarded a bus in High Road, Tottenham on July 27 at 3.40am and was challenged by the driver when he did not pay.

The 53-year-old then walked up to the driver’s security shield and made a number of offensive remarks before spitting at the screen.

He then pulled out a large kitchen knife from under his jacket and threatened the TfL worker.

Police were called to the location and arrested Peterson, of Birkbeck Road, a short time later.

On Wednesday, Peterson pleaded guilty at Wood Green Crown Court to using threatening words or behaviour and possession of an offensive weapon. He was sentenced to 12 months in jail.

Pc Chris Bowman, of the Met’s Road and Transport Policing Command, said: “This was a despicable incident in which a bus driver was threatened and abused for simply doing his job.

“Bus drivers provide a vital public service and I am glad the seriousness of Peterson’s aggressive behaviour has been recognised through the imposition of a custodial sentence.”

Evening Standard – News