Five Lothian buses attacked by youths in Niddrie area

Lothian Buses has reported 'sustained and violent' attacks on five of its buses.

Youths attacked the vehicles in Niddrie between 0530-0830hrs on 12 July. A driver reported a youth cycling towards the bus before launching a missile straight at the windscreen, showering him in glass.

Richard Hall, MD, says: “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.

“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.”

Sergeant Daniel Wynne from Craigmillar Police Station says: “We are appealing to anyone who was in the area of Niddrie Mains Drive this morning and saw anything suspicious, or saw a small group of youths on pedal bikes loitering in the area to get in touch.

“Edinburgh relies on its public transport network, particularly at this time of the day, and our commuters and tourists were massively inconvenienced due to vehicles being put off the road for repair.

“As well as the damage caused to the buses, this behaviour is reckless and puts people at risk of being injured. Bus drivers provide a public service and should not have to put up with being targeted in this way.”