‘Bomber’ terrorises people on town bus
A man claiming to have a bomb terrorised passengers on a Rutherglen bus.
Gary Stewart (41) , boarded the 267 service in the town’s Main Street apparently shouting “allahu akbar”— Arabic for God is great — and brandishing a holdall.
He then ordered the terrified passengers to move to the back of the bus and told them the bomb would go off in three minutes.
A source told the Reformer:“He had something in his hand that looked like a detonator and the passengers were really scared. A lot of people were so frightened they froze and couldn’t move and the man was shouting a lot.”
It is understood that a grandmother in her 70s crouched down and phoned 999 to alert police.
The bus also deviated from its recognised route and the man was screaming at the driver, the source said.
When the bus reached King Street, cops rushed on-board and quickly established that the bomb threat was a hoax.
Stewart was arrested and
detained in custody. He appeared next day, October 1, at Glasgow Sheriff Court and pleaded guilty to a charge of falsely claiming he had a bomb.
He also pleaded guilty to a breach of the peace charge.
The accused pled not guilty to two further charges — resisting arrest and drinking in a public place.
This was accepted by the Crown.
Stewart was bailed for reports to be carried out and will appear again on October 29 for sentencing.
A spokesman for First Bus said:“We can confirm an incident occurred on our 267 service on Wednesday, September 30.”