Lothian bus attack: Woman and baby 'within spitting distance' of brick launched through window

A woman has spoken of the terrifying moment a brick was hurled through a bus window, smashing it into pieces and narrowly missing her one-year-old baby’s head.

By Katharine Hay
Wednesday, 5th May 2021, 9:59 pm
Updated Wednesday, 5th May 2021, 10:19 pm
Bus damaged following attack on Pennywell Road picture: supplied
Bus damaged following attack on Pennywell Road picture: supplied

Shona Munro, 27, was sat next to her partner Darren Davidson on the number 37 heading to Silverknowes when a group of young people stalled the bus on Pennywell Road at about 6.45pm on Wednesday.

It was a this point that a brick came flying through one of the bus windows, narrowly missing Ms Munro’s mother Valerie Armstrong who was holding the couple’s one-year-old baby, Daniel.

Speaking to Edinburgh Evening News, Ms Munro said: “Mum was obviously so shaken and that brick could have given our son brain damage. It narrowly missed his head.

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"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.”

Ms Munro said all passengers were told to evacuate the vehicle following the attack due to the damage caused.

It is understood no one was injured in the incident.

Lothian Buses and Police Scotland have been contacted for comment.

Several police investigations are on the go following a spate of attacks on Lothian buses in the city in recent weeks.

An investigation has been launched after a number 49 Lothian Bus had its window smashed on Sunday evening.

No injuries were reported, but police are trying to trace those involved in the incident which happened at the junction of Wishaw Terrace and London Road at around 5.58pm.

The spate of antisocial behaviour saw Lothian Buses cancel all of their services after 7pm back in March.

One incident saw a bus driver being injured in Niddrie when the front window was smashed.

The trams have also been affected after police investigated an incident where a window was smashed near the Saughton tram stop in March.

Officers have been patrolling on buses, in vehicles, and on foot in areas affected and have identified and charged several young people.

Police have also engaged with more than young people to ensure relevant safety and prevention messaging is delivered.

Other measures have included visits to parents of youths identified as being involved and warning letters issued.

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