Mis­un­der­stand­ing leads to po­lice bus in­ves­ti­ga­tion

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Active - BY JAMIE LOPEZ

AMISUNDERS­TANDING sparked a po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion when a group of chil­dren be­lieved they were be­ing of­fered sweets to get onto a bus.

The young­sters thought the driver was trick­ing them into get­ting on to the bus but had ac­tu­ally mis­heard him ask­ing if they were go­ing to St Bede’s school

They had been wait­ing at a bus stop on Church Road, Tar­leton, on Thurs­day morn­ing when the driver stopped as part of the jour­ney to the Orm­skirk high school.

The chil­dren did not an­swer and the bus drove away but warn­ings were soon posted on Face­book claim­ing the driver had of­fered sweets.

The post stated that the in­ci­dent had been re­ported to po­lice and added: “Luck­ily, these chil­dren at­tend a school that went back last week. They knew it wasn’t their bus and they ig­nored him. The driver drove off.

“How­ever, a num­ber of schools have gone back for their first day to­day. Please be aware.”

Lancashire Po­lice in­ves­ti­gated the case and watched CCTV footage from the bus, which in­cluded au­dio, be­fore stat­ing that there was no cause for con­cern.

Charl­ton Minibuses, the firm which oper­ated the bus in­volved, posted a state­ment on so­cial me­dia ex­plain­ing the cir­cum­stances of the in­ci­dent.

It stated: “Var­i­ous re­ports on so­cial me­dia to­day nam­ing our com­pany say­ing a driver tried to get chil­dren to board his bus say­ing he had sweets. This is com­pletely un­true and the driver ac­tu­ally said “any­one for St Bedes” as that is where his bus was go­ing.

“We have shown the cctv footage (with sound) to the po­lice who have agreed that this was com­pletely in­no­cent and the chil­dren mis­heard what was ac­tu­ally said.”

PC Steve Bir­tles said: “I can con­firm that this has been in­ves­ti­gated, the coach has been found and its CCTV with sound, viewed. It’s a le­git­i­mate coach and the driver has been mis­heard by the chil­dren.”

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The bus stop on Church Road, Tar­leton and (above right) St Bede’s Catholic High School, Orm­skirk

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