‘Bomber’ ter­rorises peo­ple on town bus

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Strat­ton Wil­liams

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.”

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