A 22 year old Rednal woman was arrested yesterday afternoon after a disturbance on a 45 bus in Edgbaston.

Off duty Superintendent Keith Fraser, pictured, was attempting to remove a group of four, two men and two women, from the bus for their disorderly behaviour. The group shouted racist abuse at Supt Fraser and he sustained neck and back injuries when he was pinned to the floor on the lower deck of the bus by one of the women, who he was attempting to arrest for verbally abusing and assaulting a teenage girl on the upper deck.

Trainee PCSO Osman Mahmood, just 4 days into his training, intervened, pulling the woman off the senior officer as the rest of the group moved in, not realising he was a police officer.

The pair then detained the group until other officers, called by the bus driver, arrived.

Supt Fraser praised the new recruit for his bravery and instinctive response. “When we recently opened recruitment for the next generation of police community support officers we wanted the best of the best who would serve the public and transform the lives of local people.

“By stepping in the way he did, PCSO Osman Mahmood has already proven his credentials with only four days of training under his belt.

“The role of PCSO is non-confrontational but Osman clearly acted instinctively by helping who he thought was a member of the public. He was incredibly courageous and I will be meeting him in the coming days to thank him for his intervention.

“I’d also like to thank the bus driver and those passengers who dialled 999 to summon help.”

Following the incident, a 22-year-old woman from Rednal was arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated assault and assaulting a police officer.

A 25-year-old woman from Selly Park, who was wanted on warrant, was also arrested on suspicion of assault, public order offences and possession of cannabis.

Both have been released on conditional police bail pending further enquiries.

In addition to regular officers patrolling the transport network, the region’s buses, trains and trams have a dedicated police unit.

Safer Travel is a partnership between West Midlands Police, British Transport Police and transport companies and officials.

For more information, visit the Safer Travel website.

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