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Bus driver’s on-board DNA kit traps thug who spat at her in lockdown

A YOB who spat in a bus driver’s face at the height of the lockdown has been jailed after she kept a sample of his saliva and handed it to police.

Kevin Simpson (pictured) approached the open driver’s window of the N11 bus while it had stopped at the Ludgate Circus traffic lights in central London, and asked the woman to open the doors.

When she advised him to walk to the next stop, the 45-year-old put his head through the window and spat in her face. She managed to close the window before he spat again. The driver used her on-board ‘spit kit’ to take the DNA sample after the May 13 attack.

Police used it to identify him and he gave himself up after they had called at his home in Lewisham, south-east London, while he was out.

Simpson was jailed for 18 weeks by City of London magistrates after he admitted actual bodily harm. PC David Holmes said the sentence ‘reflects the severity’ of a crime that could have been much more harmful if he had been infected with Covid-19. More than 30 London bus staff, mostly drivers, have died after picking up the virus.