Belfast bus driver in five-youth robbery ambush

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A Belfast bus driver was robbed at knifepoint by five youths on October 10. Three attackers stood in front of the bus as it pulled up outside a bar on Oldpark Road at about 1930hrs. Two others, armed with a knife and a hammer, boarded the 12B Metro Bus and demanded the cash dispenser. A number of passengers were riding the bus at the time.

Following the ambush the youths ran off in the direction of a nearby park. The bus driver in question was not injured.

Translink said: “The safety of our employees and passengers is a key priority. We offer up to a £1,000 reward to anyone giving evidence leading to the successful prosecution of those involved in incidences of theft and threatening behaviour against Translink employees.”

Condemning the attack, MP Nigel Dodds said: “Bus drivers provide a vital public service, often working alone and they must be assured of the full support of the community.

“Belfast City Council is planning to hold an event at City Hall prior to Christmas in recognition of the service provided by bus drivers to all the citizens of the city over the last 40 years.

“These drivers managed to maintain a public service in very dangerous times, during which many were injured or even lost their lives.”

Police are appealing to anyone with information about the incident to come forward.