Translink Bus Hijacked At Knifepoint

A man has been charged with hijacking a bus while armed with an offensive weapon after an incident in Dundonald over the weekend.

The driver of a Translink bus was threatened at the bus stop on Cairnsmore Avenue in Ballybeen shortly before 8pm on Saturday 19 January.

The culprit made the bus driver drive for a short distance before forcing both him and the passengers off at knifepoint.

The vehicle was then involved in a collision a short distance away, at which point the hijacker fled the scene.

A 33-year-old suspect was arrested in Millars Lane a short time later.
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He has been charged with a number of offences including hijacking, aggravated vehicle taking, possession of an offensive weapon with intent and driving whilst unfit.

The accused will appear at Downpatrick Magistrates court this morning, Monday 21 January.

Alliance leader Naomi Long, who is the MLA for east Belfast, condemned the incident.

"What is wrong with people?" she questioned.

"Utterly shocking attack, terrorising passengers and the driver and depriving people in Ballybeen of services last night. Thank goodness no-one was hurt."

Any witnesses to the incident have been asked to contact police by calling 101, quoting reference 1229 19/01/19.


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