Belfast Telegraph

Bus driver back to work just hours after hold-up

By Patrice Dougan

A bus driver was back behind the wheel just hours after being robbed at knifepoint.

The driver escaped the armed robbery uninjured, but was left shaken by the incident in north Belfast on Monday night.

His bus was boarded by youths armed with a hammer and a knife after it pulled into a stop on the Oldpark Road. A number of passengers were on the bus at the time.

Three youths blocked the road ahead, while two boarded the 12B Metro Bus and demanded the cash dispenser. They then ran off towards a nearby park.

The driver and passengers were unhurt. A Translink spokeswoman confirmed the driver was back to work yesterday.

North Belfast MP Nigel Dodds branded the robbery “disgraceful” and called for full co-operation from the public to catch those responsible.

Translink issued a statement in which it offered a £1,000 reward for useful information in relation to the incident.

“The safety of our employees and passengers is a key priority for Translink,” it said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the PSNI.

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