Bus attacks cover passenger in broken glass

One of the damaged buses. Picture: ''Mev Brown
One of the damaged buses. Picture: ''Mev Brown
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A PASSENGER narrowly escaped injury after two moving buses were attacked by vandals within minutes of each other.

Beer bottles were hurled at both vehicles, shattering windows and showering at least one passenger with broken glass.

Both incidents happened after 10pm on Sunday night in the same area of Hyvots Bank in Gilmerton.

However, it remains unclear if the attacks were carried out by a single person and police said they were keeping an “open mind” about whether they are linked.

It was initially thought that up to three buses had been targeted in Captain’s Road and Hyvots Bank.

But police later confirmed that two buses had suffered broken windows after beer bottles were launched at them.

It is understood that no-one was hurt in the attacks which happened about 15 minutes apart, according to witnesses.

However, one witness said that a female passenger had been sitting directly opposite one of the windows as it shattered.

Mev Brown, who works with the homeless, was about to get a bus to the city centre to begin a night shift when he spotted the damage to the bus. He was 20 minutes late because of the vandal attack.

He said: “A lone passenger opposite the smashed windows was clearly lucky to escape injury. The incident happened opposite the old mall on Gracemount Drive.

“I think the person who threw the bottle was around there. It is bragging rights for some so they can say ‘Look at what I have just done’ but it is putting people in danger. What is the point?”

A police spokeswoman said: “Police in Edinburgh received a report of vandalism to two buses which occurred in the Hyvots Bank area on Sunday, September 20.

“Inquiries are currently ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

A spokeswoman for Lothian Buses said they were aware of the incidents and were checking CCTV footage, adding: “This type of incident is not something that happens regularly to our vehicles.

“Lothian Buses want passengers and staff to be feel safe on our buses and will help the police with any inquiries they make.”

Conservative Lothians MSP Cameron Buchanan branded the attack an act of “mindless vandalism”, adding that it could have “caused serious injury”.

“This is absolutely ridiculous,” he said. “The person or persons responsible have caused damage without rhyme or reason and this could easily have turned out far worse.

“This is yet another reason why we have to get more police out in the street.”

john.connell@edinburghnews.com