Lothian on high alert after ‘mindless’ Niddrie attacks

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Lothian Buses has said safety is its ‘top priority,’ after a spate of attacks occurred on its buses in Niddrie on 12 July.

Five vehicles were targeted in the ‘mindless’ attacks, which took place between 0530 and 0830hrs in the Hay Drive area.

Repeated 999 calls led to a police presence in the area; one driver reported a youth cycling towards the bus before launching an object straight at the windscreen, showering him in glass as a result.

Richard Hall, Lothian Managing Director, said: “Such needless attacks on our buses endanger our drivers and our customers.

“It is extremely fortunate on this occasion that no one was hurt by these mindless acts of violence and vandalism.

“Our drivers have the right to feel safe. It is of great regret that today some of our drivers were subject to these attacks.

“Those who perpetrate these incidents have no awareness of the massive impact they have on our drivers. We will have no hesitation in withdrawing our services in the area if such activity continues.

“We continue to work closely with our partners Police Scotland to provide a safe and reliable service for our customers.”