Alleged assault on bus driver in Dalkeith

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Police are appealing for witnesses after a bus driver was allegedly assaulted.

The 44-year-old was driving the Number 40 bus on a diverted route through Dalkeith between 6-6.30pm on Tuesday (August 27) when a female passenger began arguing with him about the diversion.

After the bus stopped at the Thornybank Roundabout the woman allegedly slapped the driver on the face before getting off.

Officers are now keen to speak with other passengers who witnessed the incident.

The suspect is described as white, 5ft 7ins tall with a heavy build and straight black shoulder-length hair. She was wearing a black t-shirt, black jogging bottoms and white trainers.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “The driver was not seriously injured during this assault, but we are keen to trace the woman responsible and would urge any passengers who were on the bus at the time and can assist with our enquiries to contact police immediately.

“Similarly, anyone who recognises the description of the suspect is also asked to get in touch.”

Those with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or alternatively, the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.