- Nick Barnfield and Sarah Cleaves were travelling with their autistic daughter
- The couple began singing Peppa Pig theme tune to comfort the 15-month-old
- Parents made snorting noises to imitate the popular cartoon character
- A female Asian passenger allegedly complained their behaviour was racist
- Couple claimed women felt noises insulted Muslim ban on eating pork
- CCTV footage shows woman talking to driver and to the couple
- Mr Barnfield claims driver told him to get off as ‘it’s not worth the hassle’
- Bus company First is investigating the incident on September 8
Nick Barnfield and Sarah Cleaves said they were trying to settle their daughter Heidi on the bus when they were approached ‘aggressively’
A couple were thrown off a bus and branded racists after singing the Peppa Pig theme tune to their autistic daughter, it has been claimed.
Nick Barnfield and Sarah Cleaves were travelling with their daughter Heidi on a bus from Sheffield to Doncaster when the 15-month-old started crying.
The couple, who live in Rotherham, started singing the song in an effort to cheer their daughter up, but say they were branded racists by another passenger and told to get off the bus by its driver.
The couple claimed the woman, who they say was wearing a hijab, took offence to the snorting sounds in the song and believed they were a reference to how pork is forbidden in Islam though this has not been confirmed.
She complained to the bus’s driver, who, it is claimed, then told the couple it would be ‘easier’ for them to get off two miles from their home.
‘We were really embarrassed, ashamed and upset and we hadn’t done anything wrong, just trying to make our little girl happy, but people were looking at us as if we had done something wrong.
‘It was humiliating,’ said Mr Branfield.
The 24-year-old said they were trying to settle their daughter on the X78 bus on September 8 when they were approached ‘aggressively’ by the woman.
‘A lady came up to us and quite aggressively started telling us we were irresponsible parents and that we were being racist singing the song.’
‘She went up to the bus driver and told him we were being racist towards her and she wasn’t happy. The driver came up to me and said we had to get off the bus or the police would have to come.
‘He said: ‘just get off the bus – it’s not worth the hassle’. I was really shocked because we had done nothing wrong but he didn’t listen to us.