A MAN who attacked a bus driver in Croydon has been jailed for 12 months.
Jaymin Small, 26, became violent after the driver, a 46-year-old man, asked another passenger to leave the bus through the front instead of the rear doors.
Small, of Beaconsfield Road, Selhurst, dragged the driver from his cab and onto the kerb, before making off, leaving the man bleeding from a head injury.
He was taken by ambulance to hospital where he was treated for a large cut.
Officers from the Met's roads and transport policing command launched an investigation and Small was identified and arrested on March 26.
His home was searched and counterfeit notes were found. On July 11 he was charged with actual bodily harm and possessing counterfeit currency.
He subsequently pleaded guilty to both offences and was sentenced to 12 months for the assault and three months, to be served concurrently, for the fake money.
Chief Superintendent Matt Bell, of the roads and transport policing command, said: "This sentence sends a strong message that this type of behaviour is totally unacceptable and will result in tough penalties."
Siwan Hayward, Transport for London's (TfL) deputy director of enforcement, said: "Our staff should be able to carry out their daily work duties without fear of violence.
"This was an unprovoked attack towards a bus driver who was just doing his job, and I am pleased to see the offender has been jailed."