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Deaf man attacked for smoking at bus station

July 21, 2007

 By Anna Hammond, South Wales Echo

A DEAF man was beaten up at Cardiff central bus station for smoking a cigarette.

Police have praised a member of the public who realised he was on the same bus as the man suspected of attacking the 56-year-old and called 999 from his mobile phone.

The incident happened at stand B1 of the bus station at around 4.15pm on Tuesday when the victim, who is profoundly deaf, was smoking a cigarette.

Someone stood behind him in the shelter asked him to stop smoking but because the man, who is from Canton, Cardiff, has hearing difficulties he did not respond.

He was then attacked, knocked to the floor, kicked and punched.

He was taken to the University Hospital of Wales for treatment while his attacker fled from the scene on the 12b bus towards Riverside, Cardiff. A passenger believing he was on the same bus as the attacker got off at a bus stop on Ninian Park Road and contacted police.

The bus was stopped minutes later and a 35-year-old from Ely was arrested on suspicion of assault.

Police are appealing for witnesses to what they have described as an “unprovoked attack” and are keen to trace an American or Canadian woman who was at the bus stand.

Smoking has been banned in bus shelters since the all-Wales ban which came into force in April.

Anyone with information should contact police on 029 2022 2111 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.



  1. July 22, 2007 at 12:16 pm

    Wow, it shows that smoking can be harmful to your health


  2. maki
    May 25, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    i told nt like smoke u

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