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Bolton bus attack: Two teenagers arrested

Two teenagers have been arrested over an attack on a 71-year-old man as he got off a bus in Bolton.

The incident was one in a series of similar attacks which has caused bus operator Maytree Travel to threaten to stop running services in the area.

The passenger was on the 571 service in Great Lever last Friday when it was pelted with glass bottles and had one of its windows smashed.

He was then headbutted, kicked and punched in the face as he left the bus.

Greater Manchester Police said two 18-year-old men had been arrested on suspicion of assault and criminal damage and remained in police custody for questioning.

Detectives said the bus was on Swan Lane when the attack took place at about 21:45 GMT.

When the window was smashed, the driver stopped the bus and got off, along with two passengers.

It was then that the 71-year-old passenger was grabbed by two men, thrown against the bus and pushed to the ground.

He was then kicked and punched repeatedly and the two offenders ran off towards Edge Lane.

Gary Hawthorn, Managing Director of Maytree Travel, has said it was the latest in a series of attacks.

"We've had several attacks on our buses over the last few months - no injuries until Friday night," he said.

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