Attacks on city buses could be lethal police say
Warning of dire consequences if stonings continue
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.