A MAN has told how he was punched and kicked at an Eaglehawk bus stop during a confrontation with other passengers Tuesday afternoon.
The man, who wanted to be identified as Robert, said two people had asked the bus driver to wait at a stop in Victoria Street while two friends returned from a shop.
Robert said the woman grabbed the bus driver and an argument ensued when he refused to wait.
"The girlfriend just kept going ballistic," Robert said.
"I just wanted to get on the bus and go."
Robert said he told the woman to get off the bus and was shocked at the response of her friends.
He said the three men punched him, forced him to the ground and kicked him.
Robert received a cut above his eye which required medical treatment.
A paramedic at the scene said Robert was lucky he was only kicked once.
He said assaults involving kicking often resulted in the victim being airlifted to a Melbourne hospital.
Robert said it was only thanks to the help of by-standers that the assault stopped as quickly as it started.
Police arrested two males and one female, all from Golden Square, at the scene.
Senior Constable Charlie Heatherley confrimed an unlawful assault had occured.
"There was an altercation the bus driver and some bystanders," he said.
"One person was interviewed by police and released pending a summons."
Senior Constable Heatherley said the investigation was ongoing.
Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
The assault comes after a recent report showed the Bendigo region has seen a 20 per cent rise in the total amount of offences committed in the past year.
The 16.7 per cent rise is 10 times higher than the state’s average of 1.6 per cent.
According to the 2012-2013 Victoria Police crime statistics, assaults in the Bendigo region have risen by 22.9 per cent.
Bendigo Inspector Brad Dixon said the assaults were mostly fuelled by alcohol and drugs, mainly ice.
"We will continue to saturate high peak areas in the CBD and around nightclubs,” Inspector Dixon said.
“We need to keep on top of what we’re doing and target more specific locations and have high visibility earlier in the day.
“We are concerned about the rise and it’d be nice to have a police officer on every corner, but we have enough staff to effectively deal with this problem. We just need to target the right areas."
Inspector Dixon said education and support was key to lowering the statistics.
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The girlfriend just kept going ballistic. I just wanted to get on the bus and go.