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Ash tour bus pelted with bricks in France

By Lesley Houston

Published 03/12/2015

Ash frontman Tim Wheeler
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler
A bus window smashed in the attack

A tour bus belonging to Northern Ireland rockers Ash has been pelted with bricks while travelling past refugee camps in Calais in France.

The band's frontman Tim Wheeler last night revealed on Instagram how the bus "ran the gauntlet" in the French port town, which in recent times has attracted a great number of refugees.

Wheeler said that the driver of the bus, who he named as Paul, had been struck in the face, but added that he was okay.

The 38-year-old from Downpatrick had been performing in Paris on Tuesday, and it is understood that he was returning to the UK when the bus he was travelling on came under attack.

The rock star wrote on social media: "An eventful 24 hours continued with us getting our bus battered with bricks running the gauntlet at Calais.

"We were going past the refugee camp at Calais, and there was a large group on the road trying to stop trucks to climb on and it got a little dicey

"Paul, our driver, took a blow to the face and was pretty shaken but is okay."

In the aftermath of the attack, fans sent messages of support to the band and wished the driver a speedy recovery. One wrote online they were "glad you're all okay!" and that they were "glad it wasn't more serious".

"Kudos to Paul for getting you all out safe," added another fan.

Wheeler, who formed Ash with friend Mark Hamilton in 1992, found fame for his original lyrics and hits including Oh Yeah, Shining Light, Girl From Mars, Kung Fu and Goldfinger.

The band's first full album, 1977, was named by influential music magazine NME as one of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

Earlier this year Ash announced they were releasing a new album titled Kablammo! and said that the first single released would be called Cocoon.

Wheeler also released his debut solo album, Lost Domain, in November last year.

Ash perform at a concert at the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire in London tonight.

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