Lothian bus attack: Local councillor condemns youths throwing a brick through a bus window 'narrowly' missing a baby's head

A local councillor has said that more needs to be done to prevent dangerous attacks on public transport users following a brick being thrown through a bus window, ‘narrowly’ missing a baby’s head.

By Beth Murray
Thursday, 6th May 2021, 4:45 pm

Shona Munro, 27, was on the number 37 bus with her family heading to Silverknowes on Wednesday, May 5, when a group of young people threw a brick through the bus window, smashing it and narrowly missing her one-year-old son’s head.

Speaking to the Edinburgh Evening News, local councillor, Kevin Lang, said: “Whilst I’m relieved to hear that the family involved were not hurt, it is just really concerning that this cycle of violence that we have seen from a minority towards those using public transport is not yet broken.

“It shows that there is much more work needing to be done by the police, but also working with communities, to try to tackle the root causes of this reckless and dangerous behaviour.

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"If there was any complacency over the fact that there had been fewer attacks over recent weeks, then this shows that the problem is far from solved."

Ms Munro spoke to the Evening News after the attack, which took place at around 6.45pm, and said that she was “so shaken” as the brick could have easily given their son, Daniel, brain damage.

She said: “It’s just horrible that a stone came through the window within spitting distance of a woman sitting with a one-year-old baby.

"What were they thinking.”

Police are following a 'positive line of enquiry' after a brick was thrown through a bus window on Wednesday evening.

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Following the incident all of the passengers on the bus were evacuated.

Police Scotland said officers had received the report and that they are following a positive line of enquiry.

This incident is the most recent in a spate of attacks on Lothian buses which prompted the company to cancel all of their services after 7pm one day in March, 2021.

Several other police investigations are on the go at the moment including one into two other buses having their windows smashed on Sunday evening.

Another incident saw a bus driver in Niddrie suffer injuries after a stone was thrown through the front window of his bus.

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