At­tacks on city buses could be lethal po­lice say

Warn­ing of dire con­se­quences if ston­ings con­tinue

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - STE­FAN MORKIS

A spate of at­tacks on mov­ing buses could have “cat­a­strophic” con­se­quences, po­lice in Dundee have said.

The warn­ing came af­ter a hooli­gan threw a rock through the wind­screen of a Stage­coach bus in Broughty Ferry. Its driver was in­jured when the mis­sile hit him on the neck and a fe­male pas­sen­ger’s eye was cut when she was show­ered in glass.

It is the lat­est in a se­ries of at­tacks, which in­cluded a group throw­ing a traf­fic cone from the roof of the Well­gate Cen­tre,

The per­son who threw a stone through the wind­screen of a mov­ing bus could have caused a cat­a­strophic crash, po­lice in Dundee have warned.

The driver and a fe­male pas­sen­ger were both in­jured in the in­ci­dent.

The Stage­coach 73A was trav­el­ling on Moni­fi­eth Road, near Or­char Park in Broughty Ferry, at around 5.10pm on Thurs­day when a stone was thrown at the ve­hi­cle, smash­ing the wind­screen and hit­ting the driver on the neck.

Pas­sen­gers were show­ered with glass and one woman had to be taken to Ninewells Hos­pi­tal for treat­ment af­ter glass went into her eye. The driver also suf­fered in­juries to his neck.

A po­lice spokesman: “The po­ten­tial con­se­quences of this in­ci­dent could have been hor­ren­dous, had the driver been struck in the head and the bus then crashed.

“For­tu­nately, no­body was se­ri­ously in­jured on this oc­ca­sion but the out­come could po­ten­tially have been far worse.

“Un­for­tu­nately no de­scrip­tions of the per­son or per­sons re­spon­si­ble are avail­able at this time, how­ever the bus CCTV is be­ing checked.” No­body was se­ri­ously in­jured on this oc­ca­sion but the out­come could po­ten­tially have been far worse

A spokes­woman for Stage­coach said: “This kind of be­hav­iour is po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous and to­tally un­ac­cept­able. “We are as­sist­ing po­lice with their inquiries into this in­ci­dent and will help them in any way we can to track down those re­spon­si­ble.”

Broughty Ferry Liberal Demo­crat coun­cil­lor Craig Dun­can said: “There have been a few in­ci­dents likes this in Dundee but it is usu­ally Xplore buses that are tar­geted and this is the first time I can re­mem­ber it hap­pen­ing in the Ferry.

“You have to won­der if the per­pe­tra­tors mean to cause harm or if they even think about the po­ten­tial con­se­quences?”

Mr Dun­can said he hoped CCTV footage from the bus – or any other record­ings by other mo­torists or cy­clists – could be used to trace the cul­prit.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion that could as­sist po­lice with their in­ves­ti­ga­tion should call 101.

The in­ci­dent comes just over a week af­ter a bus was struck by a traf­fic cone thrown from the roof of the Well­gate Cen­tre.

The im­pact of the traf­fic cone shat­tered the wind­screen of the 29 Xplore bus, show­er­ing the driver with glass.

The po­lice probe into that in­ci­dent is on­go­ing but is not thought to be con­nected to Thurs­day’s at­tack on the Stage­coach bus.

A spokesman for Po­lice Scot­land said: “The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is con­tin­u­ing and we are fol­low­ing pos­i­tive lines of in­quiry.”

In Au­gust Xplore Dundee stopped run­ning buses in parts of Whit­field af­ter they came un­der sus­tained at­tack from youths throw­ing stones at the ve­hi­cles.

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