Jogger who pushed woman must be a banker, says Jeremy Vine: Radio 2 host is accused of trivialising attack by setting up online poll to guess the person's profession

Mail Online | 8/9/2017 | Laura Lambert Tv And Media Reporter For The Daily Mail
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Jeremy Vine has come under fire for alleging that the jogger who pushed a pedestrian into the path of a bus must have been a banker.

The BBC presenter was yesterday accused of trivialising the horrific attack and acting in ‘poor taste’, after he set up an online poll that encouraged people to guess the profession of the jogger.

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Yet he only gave three options for the unidentified man’s job, all of which were from the financial sector, prompting criticism that he was being ‘prejudicial’, fuelling stereotypes and should remain ‘neutral’.

Tory MP Andrew Bridgen described Vine’s tweet, which has since been deleted, as a ‘huge lack of judgment’, adding that he should not have used the Putney Bridge attack to start a ‘class war’.

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Vine, who is on holiday from his Radio 2 lunchtime show, also faced criticism from his followers on social media who said the poll was ‘bad taste at best’, ‘very insulting’ and was not a suitable subject to approach with ‘frivolity’.

Police have launched an appeal to trace the attacker, who was caught on CCTV pushing a woman off the pavement of Putney Bridge into the path of a bus.

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The 33-year-old woman had been on her way to work at the time of...
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