First driver attacked while bus in motion

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A First bus driver in Scotland was attacked by a knife-wielding man while still driving his single-decker along a busy road.

The suspect, described as a short, stocky man between 20 and 25 years old, had been warned ten minutes prior to the incident about smoking on board, with the driver shouting at him to put his cigarette out. He allegedly waited until the bus was empty before launching the attack against the 35-year-old driver as the bus travelled along Main Street in Blackridge, West Lothian.

The suspect punched the driver several times, then pulled out a kitchen knife and waved it at him. He then jumped off the stationary bus after the driver was forced to brake suddenly.

John Gorman, First’s operations director for Scotland East, said: “I can confirm that one of our drivers was assaulted on our service 800 on Saturday.

“The safety of our staff and passengers is of paramount importance and we are looking for assistance in identifying the individual who injured a member of our staff.”