Bus driver ambushed

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A BUS driver who was ambushed and had a stone hurled at his face has escaped with minor injuries.

Police have released scant details about the attack.

But it looks suspiciously as though a trap had been laid to catch out a motorist.

Police declined to comment on whether they believed it was a trap to allow an ambush to take place – either on the specific bus or any motorist – but are describing the incident as a one-off.

Shortly before midnight on Saturday a bus driver was driving along the main road in Glen Vine towards Douglas when he had to stop the vehicle to remove some obstacles – traffic cones – that had been deliberately left in the road near to Ballagarey traffic lights in Glen Vine.

The bus driver, who has not been named, got out to remove the obstacles, when a stone was thrown at him, causing a minor injury.

Community, Culture and Leisure Minister David Cretney MHK, whose department is in charge of the bus service, reacted with shock to the incident.

He said: ‘Bus drivers are doing their jobs – it is a stressful at the best of times. I don’t condone this behaviour. I do hope they can identify who is involved.

‘I think people should have more respect for drivers, the majority of people in the Isle of Man do. There is only a small majority of people who don’t and this person needs to be identified.’

Police have described the offender as a male aged between 16 and 20 years old

A spokesman stressed: ‘Leaving obstacles in roadways, especially on unlit main roads, can cause a great danger to motorists.’

The spokesman said it was believed the incident was ‘tomfoolery’, but said it could have had much more serious consequences.

Officers would like to speak to anyone with any information regarding this matter or anyone who can provide details of the offender.

If you have any information you can call Peel Police Station on 842208 or Douglas Police Headquarters on 631212. Alternatively a call can be made via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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