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Youths smash bus window after throwing stones in north Belfast

Translink offering a cash reward of up to £1,000 to anyone willing to go to court to give evidence that helps to secure a conviction

Published 12/11/2015

Translink offering a cash reward of up to £1,000 to anyone willing to go to court to give evidence that helps to secure a conviction
Translink offering a cash reward of up to £1,000 to anyone willing to go to court to give evidence that helps to secure a conviction

Police have issued a warning to youths after a bus window was smashed after they threw stones at it in north Belfast.

The incident began on the Ligoneil Road just after 7.30pm however no damage was caused.

But police said a short time later stones were thrown again - this time smashing a window on the bus.

Inspector Roy Watton said: “I would like to hear from witnesses or anyone who can identify the youths involved in this incident. I would also like to send a message directly to those youths. Stop this senseless and dangerous criminal behaviour.

"You are risking the safety of everyone aboard these buses when you target them like this.

"A missile striking a moving vehicle can, as we have seen, cause a window to smash and potentially cause injury to those on board. If the driver were to lose control of the vehicle as a result of your actions, the consequences could be much graver.

"You might think that this is just fooling around but the outcome could be serious injury for another person and a criminal record for you.”

Translink confirmed their Metro 57a service was attacked by a group throwing missiles.

A spokeswoman said: "We encourage everyone to play their part in staying safe, by reporting any incidents of vandalism against Translink vehicles.

"We offer a cash reward of up to £1,000 to anyone willing to go to court to give evidence that helps to secure a conviction.”

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