Bus driver hailed as a hero after ‘gun’ ordeal

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The trent barton driver put his life ahead of his passengers by ordering them to safety

A trent barton driver has been praised for his actions after a man was spotted holding a gun in public.

The driver on the indigo route told passengers to go to the back of the bus and get out of sight under seats during the ordeal.

Armed police were called to the incident in William Street, Long Eaton. When officers arrived they were confronted by a man holding what appeared to be a gun. The man made his way to College Street still holding what police now understand to be an imitation firearm, where shortly after, he was arrested.

trent barton’s Alex Hornby said: “Thankfully, incidents such as this are very rare and we will obviously support the police in their investigations. We certainly echo the many positive comments we have already received about our driver and his undeniably brave and selfless actions in looking after his customers.”

A number of messages on the operators’ Facebook page hailed the driver as a hero.

One read: “I would just like to praise and thank your driver, who was a real hero.

“After the incident he dropped my daughter and her friend outside our home. Thank you so much to this brave man.”

Another said: “Your driver on College Street last night was a very brave man doing what he did. He needs a medal or something for his bravery – big well done. If I could shake your hand, I would.”

A police spokesman said a 38-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm in a public place and said no one was injured in the incident.