Coppers hunt for man who assaulted bus seat with his teeth
Police in Devon are asking for help in finding a bus passenger who caused £200 worth of damage by eating his seat – or at least a chunk of it.
The young man was travelling on the bus in Paignton, on the English riviera, when he was apparently seized by an attack of hunger or boredom and began biting the leather seat.
It is not entirely clear whether he swallowed the hunk of seat or spat it out but CCTV footage caught the suspect gripping a bottle of fizzy drink, which he might have used to wash it down…
The bus operator Stagecoach’s conditions of carriage asks passengers to “refrain from eating and drinking items which make the environment unpleasant for other customers or otherwise cause offence”. It does not address the question of eating bits of the bus.